Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of significant Latin American photography from the gallery’s collection. Comprised of over 60 works, the exhibition includes rare and iconic prints by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Sebastião Salgado, Flor Garduño, Luis González Palma, and Mario Algaze among others, as well as a selection of Mexican studies by French master Henri Cartier-Bresson. Works in the exhibition span the 20th Century, providing a visual overview of the many diverse Latin cultures, their traditions, and people as seen by several of their most important photographic documentarians.
Predominantly featured in the exhibition is a group of early silver gelatin prints by Sebastião Salgado (Brazilian, b. 1944). Prior to Salgado’s examination of the Serra Pelada Gold Mines in Brazil, images of which catapulted him to the top echelons of the photography world, he documented Central and South American laborers over a seven year period, later to be published in his first major monograph Other Americas (Pantheon, 1986). These early images from Mexico, Guatemala, Ecuador and Brazil, showcase the gritty, empathetic imagery that so honestly captures the difficult lives of his subjects and would come to define his photographic style. With these works as an didactic foundation, Salgado continues to make epic images that inspire both visual awe and reflection, earning him the often used title of a “concerned photographer.”
Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002) was a trailblazer of Latin American Photography during the 20th Century and was active from the early 1920’s through 1990’s. Alvarez Bravo documented the rural and urban life of his homeland with a poetic eye and helped to change the landscape and perceptions of Latin American art during the early 20th Century. Over his lifetime Alvarez Bravo exhibited in over 150 solo exhibitions and participated in over 200 group exhibitions. In the early 1930’s a young Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908-2004) traveled to Mexico where he became friends with Alvarez Bravo and the two photographed and exhibited together for many years becoming two of the most important creators of Humanist imagery. A selection of rare prints from Cartier-Bresson’s travels in Mexico are included in the exhibition and provide a unique foreign perspective in juxtaposition to Alvarez Bravo’s native eye.
A selection of more recent native Indian photographs by Flor Garduño (Mexican, b. 1957) and daily urban life by Mario Algaze (Cuban, b. 1947), along with contemporary conceptual portraits by Luis González Palma (Guatemalan, b. 1957), present a more modernized Latin culture still heavily influenced by traditional values and ancient rituals. Additionally, many singular images from various other international photographers expand the viewpoint of Latin America’s landscape and passionate people.