Manuel Alvarez Bravo is the trailblazer of artistic Latin American Photography in the 20th Century and produced a number of images from the 1920’s to the 1990’s. 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 poet Octavio Paz, changed the way the world looked at Latin American Art.
Alvarez Bravo was born on February 4, 1902 in downtown Mexico City. At age twelve, after his father died, Alvarez Bravo left school to begin work at a textile factory in order to help his family’s finances. He attended music and literature night courses of music at the Academy of San Carlos, and studied painting under Antonio Garduño. Despite his studies, his father and grandfather were both amateur photographers thus Alvarez Bravo was exposed to the medium since childhood.
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. He died on October 19, 2002 at the age of one hundred.