Manuel Alvarez Bravo, ‘La Buena Fama Durmiendo (The Good Reputation Sleeping)’, 1938, Phillips

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Signature: Signed and annotated 'Mexico' in pencil on the verso.

Revelaciones: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Albuquerque: University of New Mexico, 1990, pl. 21
F. Kaufman, Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Photographs and Memories, New York: Aperture, 1997, p. 77
Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: Getty Museum, 2001, pl. 28
Manuel Álvarez Bravo: 100 Years, 100 Days, Madrid: Turner, 2001, pl. 48

Bert Hartkmap Collection, Amsterdam
Private Collection, Amsterdam, 2014

About Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Álvarez Bravo initially photographed abstract paper forms, but became known for capturing the rise of a post-revolutionary modern culture in his native Mexico. Encouraged to pursue his art by an admiring Edward Weston, Álvarez Bravo photographed what he saw around him, his unique perspective adding a poetic quality to the quotidian scenes. The Great Penitent (1930), for instance, captures a woman lying face down on a sidewalk in front of a church; shot from a bird’s eye view, electrical wires run through the frame and the heads of the saints adorning the building have been cut out, lending the image a striking visual composition and intellectual complexity. Álvarez Bravo also flirted with Surrealism without fully embracing it, shooting real yet uncanny subjects, such as an optical store plastered with eye illustrations (Optical Parable, 1931).

Mexican, 1902-2002, Mexico City, Mexico