|Manuel Álvarez Bravo snippet
|Manuel Álvarez Bravo was a Mexican photographer. He came from a
family of artists, and met several other prominent artists who encouraged
his work when he was young, including
Tina Modotti and Diego Rivera.
|Manuel Alvarez Bravo
|Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902- 2002) was a Mexican photographer.
|He came from a family of artists, and met several other prominent
artists who encouraged his work when he was young, including Tina
Modotti and Diego Rivera.
|He studied painting and music at the Academia Nacional de Bellas
Artes in 1918, but did not begin experimenting with photography until
the mid 1920's. Though he was never formally a member of the surrealist
movement, his work displays many characteristics of surrealism, and he
was exposed to many of its founders. His work often suggests dreams or
fantasies, and he frequently photographed inanimate objects in ways that
gave them humanistic qualities.
|His work was often political, referencing the turmoil of the Mexican
Revolution both directly and indirectly. One of his most famous
photographs, Obrero en huelga, asesinado (Striking Worker, Assassinated)
depicts the face of a bloodied corpse laying in the sun. He associated
with many revolutionary artists working until his death in 2002.