Manuel Álvarez Bravo
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La Hija de los Danzantes
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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Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902–2002
La Hija de los DanzantesThe Daughter of the Dancers
- c. 1933, printed c. 1980
- Gelatin silver print
- 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
The artist, Mexico City; purchased by Michael and Michele Marvins, Houston, c. 1980; given to MFAH, 2012.