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In Focus: Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum
In Focus: Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum by Manuel Bravo 0892366257 9780892366255
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In Focus: Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum by Manuel Bravo

The career of Manuel Alvarez Bravo (b. 1902) spans many decades and reflects numerous changes in artistic fashion. A self-taught photographer, he purchased his first camera at the age of twenty, and around 1925 he won first prize in a photographic competition in Oaxaca. He returned to his birthplace of Mexico City and in 1927 met Tina Modotti, who introduced him to many Modernists in the citys lively art scene. Among them was Edward Weston, who encouraged Alvarez Bravo to continue his photography. Though his work went unrecognized in mainstream art circles for years, Alvarez Bravo is now considered by many to be one of Mexicos great artists. The Getty Museums collection of photographs includes more than ninety by Alvarez Bravo, and approximately fifty are reproduced here with commentary on each image by Roberto Tejada, an independent curator and critic, who also provides an introduction to the book and a chronological overview of the artists life. The photographs reproduced display the array of styles, themes, and moods that typify art created in Mexico during the 1930s as Modernism first flowered in that country; they also include examples of his work from later decades. In Focus: Manuel Alvarez Bravo is published to coincide with an exhibition of his photographs at the Getty Museum from November 13, 2001 through February 17, 2002, commemorating the artists 100th birthday on February 4th. This book also includes an edited transcript of a colloquium on Alvarez Bravos career with participants David Featherstone, independent editor and curator; Colette Alvarez Urbajtel, the photographers wife and herself a practicing photographer; Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, photographer and independent curator; Charles Merewether, collections curator at the Getty Research Institute; Cristina Cuevas-Wolf, independent scholar; Weston Naef, curator of photographs at the Getty Museum; Susan Kismaric, curator of photographs at the Museum of Modern Art, and Roberto Tejada.

Author: Manuel Bravo

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 144

Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum

Publication Date: 2001-12-13

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