Flor Garduño was born in 1957 in Mexico City. When she was five years old, she and her family moved to a country home in Mexico’s rural interior. This is where she spent her childhood and adolescence, surrounded by nature and animals. When she was 19 years old, she entered the Old San Carlos Academy to study visual arts and also took part in the photography workshop of the Hungarian photographer Kati Hornal. In 1979 she started working as darkroom assistant at Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s workshop, from then on consolidating and reinforcing her vocation in photography.
She worked during 1981 and 1982 for her country’s Secretariat of Public Education. Her position required that she travel around Mexico’s rural areas. As Flor had to visit remote spots and photograph people, her pictures then were used to illustrate school books. She saw so much, recorded so many faces, skins, and situations, that she was captivated by the depth and the dimension of the culture that was facing her lens. All this turned into her source of inspiration to enliven her individual exhibition at the Jose Clemente Orosco Galley of Mexico City and to inaugurate the following year (1983) the exhibition Four from Mexico, at the Mexican Museum of San Francisco.