History of Photography





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Outerbridge   Paul
Brandt Bill
Rodchenko Alexander
Sexton John
Bravo Manuel
Sherman Cindy
Callahan Harry
Skrebneski Victor
Smith Rodney
Kertesz Andre
Sommer Frederick
Koudelka Josef
Laughlin Clarence
Weston Edward
Man Ray
White Minor
Mapplethorpe Robert

Bravo Manuel Alvarez

(b Mexico City, 4 Feb 1902).

Mexican photographer. He studied painting and music at the Academia Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico City in 1918. In 1922, after training as an office worker, he began to take an interest in photography, and in 1923 he met Hugo Brehme shortly before buying his first camera. In 1929, through his friendship with Tina Modotti, he got to know Diego Rivera. In 1930, when Modotti left Mexico, he provided illustrations for Francis Toor’s book Mexican Folkways. From 1930 to 1931 he was cameraman for Eisenstein’s film Viva Mexico. Subsequently he met Paul Strand and Cartier-Bresson and became friendly with Mexico’s leading painters and writers. In 1938 he met André Breton, who was visiting Mexico and who was deeply impressed by the mysterious and suggestive nature of his photographs. Breton was keen to enlist him for the Surrealist cause and published some of his photographs in Minotaure.


Bravo Manuel Alvarez


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