Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002, Mexico) is one of the great modernists of the twentieth century and considered a key figure in Mexican and Latin American photography. His exceptional work - in which he transformed the ordinary and seemingly mundane into something fantastical and monumental.
Bravo received his first photographic camera in 1923 and in 1930 started his career working as a freelance documentary photographer for Mexican Folkways, a role he inherited from the Italian photographer Tina Modotti. Bravo initially photographed abstract paper forms, but became known for capturing the rise of a post-revolutionary modern culture in his native Mexico. Encouraged to pursue his art by an admiring Edward Weston, Bravo photographed what he saw around him, his unique perspective adding a poetic quality to the quotidian scenes. He also flirted with surrealism , shooting real yet uncanny subjects.
The Photographers' Gallery has a long-standing relationship with Alvarez Bravo both in his lifetime and now working directly with his Estate. The Print Sales Gallery is in the unique position of offering lifetime signed prints, which are increasingly rare.
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Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Photopoetry - Exhibition, 12 JUL - 08 SEP 2019