Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, b. 1902—2002)


Manuel Alvarez Bravo was a pioneer of artistic Latin American Photography in the 20th Century, and produced a number of images from the 1920’s to the 1990’s. At age twelve, after his father died, Alvarez Bravo left school to begin work at a textile factory in order to help support his family. He later attended music and literature night courses at the Academy of San Carlos, and studied painting under Antonio Garduño. His father and grandfather were both amateur photographers, thus exposing Alvarez Bravo to the medium at a young age. Through out his career, Alvarez Bravo poetically captured images of rural and urban Mexico, translating reality into dream-like landscapes. He, along with Diego Riviera, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Frida Kahlo, and Octavio Paz, changed the way the world looked at Latin American Art.

 Over his lifetime Alvarez Bravo has been shown in over 150 solo exhibitions and participated in over 200 collective exhibitions world-wide. To this day his work is celebrated, revered, and continues to be shown throughout museums all over the world.