Manuel Alvarez Bravo The Washerwomen Implied (Las Labanderas Sorbrentendidas)
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1932 Print Date 1938-39c
Dimensions 9-5/8 x 6-5/8 in. (244 x 168 mm)
Photo Country Mexico
Photographer Country Mexico
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About This Image
This photograph was exhibited at the "Exposicion Internacional del Surrealismo, Mexico-1940". It was illustrated in the exposition catalogue. The markings on the back correspond to the size and position of the photo in this catalogue. Provenance: Collection of Justino Fernandez. A xerox copy of the catalogue of the exposition with this photo illustrated and listed in the items in the exhibition and a personal invitation to Justino Fernandez for the same exhibition accompanies this photograph. See: Kismaric, Manuel Alverez Bravo, p.104.
Born in Mexico City, the photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo belonged to the artistic avant-garde movement after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). He was the son of an artist’s family and met the German photographer Hugo Brehme in 1923, who introduced him to the world of photography.
Mostly self-taught, Bravo sought contact with like-minded people like Tina Modotti and Edward Weston. He was also closely related to the contemporary art scene in Mexico which included Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and others.
Bravo's first solo exhibition was held in 1932. Only two years later, the young photographer experienced his international breakthrough, when he exhibited his works alongside those of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans at Julien Levy Gallery in New York. In the 1920s, Bravo initially dealt with close-up techniques. The 1930s were mainly inspired by Mexico City and its everyday life. In 1939 André Breton, one of the founders of Surrealism, asked him to provide a photograph for a catalog - the then taken photo of a bandaged female nude is probably one of his most famous works. In 1997, Bravo was subject to a major retrospective show at the MoMA in New York.
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