Manuel Álvarez Bravo is the most internationally recognized photographer who worked in Mexico in the 20th century. He was equally treasured as a mentor to other photographers and for his campaigns to preserve and promote Mexican photography. From the influence of European Surrealists came the dreamlike quality in many of his photographs. His preferred subjects, like this young woman dressed in a simple white lace skirt, sombrero, and shiny shawl, with unexpectedly bare feet, preserve a poetic, rural Mexico that was disappearing in modernity. The great muralist Diego Rivera wrote that poetry and irony emanate from “the photographs of Manual Álvarez Bravo, like those particles suspended in the air which render visible a ray of light as it penetrates a dark room.”


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Artist
Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902–2002
Title
La Hija de los Danzantes
The Daughter of the Dancers
Date
c. 1933, printed c. 1980
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 9 7/8 × 6 15/16 in. (25.1 × 17.6 cm) Sheet: 9 15/16 × 7 15/16 in. (25.2 × 20.2 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Mike and Mickey Marvins

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number
2012.620
Classification
Photographs
Provenance

The artist, Mexico City; purchased by Michael and Michele Marvins, Houston, c. 1980; given to MFAH, 2012.