Alvarez Bravo, Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans.
Photographs by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Walker Evans.
72 pp., 35 back-and-white illustrations, 10½x13½".
There is no doubt that the first half of the 1930s was decisive in the lives of these three artists. In 1935 Julien Levy Gallery mounted an exhibition of Bravo and Cartier-Bresson photographs that had been shown earlier in the year at the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, adding the work of a young Walker Evans to the show. The title of the show was "Documentary and Anti-Graphic. Photographs by Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans & Alvarez Bravo." Sixty-seven years later, the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes has attempted to recreate that original exhibition at the Levy Gallery, though there are few original documents to work from. They have settled on a total of 15 Bravo photographs, 9 by Cartier-Bresson, and 11 by Evans. Rich, rust-red cloth, olive green endpages and heavy, matt, cream-colored pages are combined with text set in a classic serif typeface producing a truly gorgeous anthology.
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