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Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902- )

Click to enlarge A product of his country's popular revolutionary movement, Mexico City-born Manuel Alvarez Bravo was also receptive to outside American and European influences, notably Edward Weston, Tina Modotti, Paul Strand, and Andre Breton, who all spent time in Mexico. Hired to photograph the works of Mexican muralists, the photographers' images of the worker and peasant classes also helped to define Bravo's aesthetic and social perspectives. His ability to create photographs that blend social consciousness with poetic imagery and Mexican mythology, capture contradictions between urban life and personal solitude, and produce images that explore the surrealist themes of death, sleep, and the erotic is all steeped in his Mexican identity.
- Barbara Lenihan

Selected Bibliography
Coleman, A.D., essay. Manuel Alvarez Bravo. New York: Aperture Foundation, Inc., 1987.

Kismaric, Susan. Manuel Alvarez Bravo. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1997.

Livingston, Jane. Manuel Alvarez Bravo. Boston: David R. Godine Publisher, 1978.


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