The photographer, Tina Modotti, took this photograph of a Tehuana woman in Tehuantepec, Mexico. The Tehuana women were known for their independence and strength as Mexican women in 1929. They wore vibrantly colored clothing and controlled the area's politics and economics. Modotti took many pictures of these women doing daily activities.
In this particular photograph, this woman is balancing a gourd on her head. Modotti cropped the picture to make this woman the central subject. The way we look at this woman emphasizes her strength, power, and beauty. This woman looks like someone the viewer wants to be. I like this particular photograph because it shows a type of woman people did not usually see in the early twentieth century -- an independent and strong one.