Manuel Alvarez Bravo.
Photographs by Manuel Alvarez Bravo.
Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2008. 320 pp., 350 duotone photographs., 10¼x11".
Manuel Alvarez Bravo was one of the foremost practitioners
of visual arts in the twentieth century. Manuel Alvarez Bravo,
the first major retrospective of his eighty-year career, showcases
hundreds of iconic photographs and unveils more
than twenty previously unpublished images. Featuring landscapes,
still lifes, rural and urban scenes, religious and
vernacular subjects, as well as portraits of luminaries such
as Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, Carlos Fuentes, and Octavio
Paz, the work is chronologically arranged and richly varied.
Three illuminating essays reveal the poetry of Bravo’s
photographs—from his use of light and form to his fascination
with dreams and his preoccupation with death. This
definitive monograph is a powerful tribute to Mexico’s most
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