About the Mexican photographer, Manuel Álvarez BRAVO (1902-2002)

Manuel Álvarez BRAVO is considered a pioneer of artistic photography in Mexico and the main representative of Latin American photography in the 20th century. He was born in Mexico City. Both his grandfather and father were amateur photographers. This gave him early exposure to his later profession, which he grew into through self-study and experimentation with various techniques. In his ethics as a photographer, he was influenced above all by his role model, the German-Mexican photographer Hugo BREHME. During his studies at the Academia de San Carlos, Manuel Álvarez BRAVO was engaged in cubism and abstract painting, as well as documentary photography. In 1930 he took over the work of Tina MODOTTI at the magazine Mexican Folkways. He also worked for Diego RIVERA, José Clemente OROZCO and David Alfaro SIQUEIROS. In 1931, MoMA in New York acquired some of his works. In the same year he won the first prize in a competition. In 1935 Manuel Álvarez BRAVO exhibited together with Henri CARTIER-BRESSON. His most important works are socially critical photo series with clear formal language. But also free representations of figures, which often offer symbolic-fantastic echoes. Historical and ethnic aspects played a major role in his art. In 1984 he was honored with the Hasselblad Award. After a successful life of one hundred years, Manuel Álvarez BRAVO died on October 19, 2002.

Photo books by and with works by Manuel Álvarez BRAVO

'Cien años, cien días' (2002); 'Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photographs' (2005, with Henri CARTIER-BRESSON & Walker EVANS); 'Photopoetry' (2008, German & English); 'Double Elephant' (2015, with Walker EVANS, Lee FRIEDLANDER and Gary WINOGRAND)

In German language 'Hinter der Kamera', Juliet Hacking portrays 38 of the most important personalities in the history of photography. By working out contexts, the portraits add to an overview of great innovations, trends and developments in photography.
24,80 € * Weight 1.3 kg
'Documentary and Anti-Graphic Photographs' gibt die gleichnamige Ausstellung des Sammlers Julien Levy wieder, für die er 1935 wesentliche und manchmal unbekannter Bilder von Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, Walker EVANS & Manuel ALVAREZ BRAVO zusammengestelt hatte.
from 35,00 € Weight 1 kg
The photo volume 'Manuel Álvarez BRAVO in Color' is the first book dedicated exclusively to his color work. He produced around 3,000 color photographs. The most important photographs are shown here: classic works and the little-known color experiments.
68,00 € * Weight 0.9 kg
'Double Elephant. 1973-1964' features a project Burt Wolf worked on with Lee FRIEDLANDER in the 1970s: four portfolios of some of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Manuel ÁLVAREZ BRAVO, Walker EVANS, Garry WINOGRAND & Lee FRIEDLANDER
198,00 € *
'Photographers A-Z' brings together photographers who have made a significant contribution to photographic culture, as well as the most important photographic volumes of the past century. The entries are illustrated with facsimiles from books & magazines.
from 16,00 €