Manuel Alvarez Bravo  (Mexican, 1902-2002) 

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902–2002) was a photographer best known for creating unexpected juxtapositions that capture the social and political atmosphere of his country. He studied painting at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Arts in Mexico City in 1918, and was influenced by European photographers, such as Edward Weston (American, 1886–1958) and Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004), both of whom share Bravo’s interest in heightening the mundane through photography. Growing up during the Mexican Revolution and encountering the indigenous muralist movement focused Bravo’s photographic language on his immediate surroundings and cultural heritage. The juxtapositions in Bravo’s photographs parallel the work of the Surrealists in Europe. Ladder of Ladders(1931) creates a composition suggesting spiritual ascension out of ladders, coffins, and a phonograph. In The Crouched Ones(1934), Bravo frames a row of workers, sitting on bar stools with their backs to the viewer, by a shadow that obscures their heads, and a chain that seems to wrap around their feet. Starting in the 1940s, Bravo photographed a series of landscapes that documented the natural terrain of Mexico with a wide-angle perspective, reminiscent of film. A major retrospective of his work was held at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena in 1971. His work is currently held in several museum collections, including the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, The Good Reputation Sleeping (La Buena Fama Durmiendo)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
The Good Reputation Sleeping (La Buena Fama Durmiendo)
1938
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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Un Poco Alegre Y Graciosa (Somewhat gay & graceful)

 

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Un Poco Alegre Y Graciosa (Somewhat gay & graceful)
1942

Robert Koch Gallery
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Los Obstáculos

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Los Obstáculos
1939

Robert Koch Gallery
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Retrato de lo Eterno (Portrait of the Eternal)
1935

Robert Koch Gallery
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Luz Restirada (Lengthened Light), 1945

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Luz Restirada (Lengthened Light), 1945
Bruce Silverstein
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, El Trapo negro (The Black Cloth)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
El Trapo negro (The Black Cloth)
1986

Etherton Gallery
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, El Ensueño

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
El Ensueño
1931

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Retrato de lo Eterno / Portrait of the Eternal

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Retrato de lo Eterno / Portrait of the Eternal
1935

Throckmorton Fine Art, Inc.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Threshold (Feet with Puddle)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Threshold (Feet with Puddle)
1947

Hyperion Press Limited
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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, El Soñador (The Dreamer)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
El Soñador (The Dreamer), 1931
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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Obrero en huelga, asesinado (Striking Worker, Assassinated)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Obrero en huelga, asesinado (Striking Worker, Assassinated), 1934
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Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Ventana a los magueyes (Window to the Agaves)

 

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Ventana a los magueyes (Window to the Agaves), 1974
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1902   Born Mexico City
1929 - 1940   Academia San Carlo
  Lived and worked in Coyoacan
2004   with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France
2002   Exhibition celebrating the hundred birth of the artist, Museo Nacional de Arte, Mexico city, Mexico (solo)
Art Museum, Macao, China
2001   Otras Cosas: Mexican Modern Abstractions, The Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC
retrospective, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, United States
2000   Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Espacios y Formas, Rose Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Light Forms, Throckmorton Fine Art New York, NY
Otras Cosas: Mexican Modern Abstractions, The Mexican Cultural Institute of New York Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art
1998   Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Museuo de Arte Caracas and Monterey
1998   Five Decades of Mecian Photography, The University of Texas San Antonio Art Gallery
1997   Five Decades of Mexican Photography, Mexican Cultural Institute of New York
1997   Manuel Alvarez Bravi: variaciones 1995-1997, Whitkin Gallery New York, NY
1978   Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC