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Manuel Alvarez Bravo


Colette Alvarez Urbajtel, John Banville

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The definitive monograph on Manuel Alvarez Bravo, a true master of modern photography


This major retrospective documents and celebrates the work of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, the most significant force in Mexican photography and one of the foremost visual arts practitioners of the twentieth century.

Over 370 tritone photographs mark Alvarez Bravo’s remarkable eighty-year career. Strikingly poetic and richly resonant, the collection includes iconic images as well as over thirty previously unpublished masterpieces. Urban and rural scenes, still lifes, nudes, religious and vernacular subjects, portraits of luminaries including Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz: all illustrate the peerless acuity of the photographer’s eye. Above all, Alvarez Bravo’s work celebrates his beloved Mexico, with its indigenous rituals and age-old customs.

Complete with a preface by Alvarez Bravo’s widow Colette Alvarez Urbajtel, illuminating essays by internationally renowned writers John Banville, Jean-Claude Lemagny and Carlos Fuentes, as well as a full chronology and bibliography, this is the definitive monograph on a true master of modern photography.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.9 x 27.9 cm

Extent: 336 pp

Publication date: 29 September 2008

ISBN: 9780500543634

Contents List

Preface by Colette Alvarez Urbajtel • The pictures • The Essays

About the Author

Colette Alvarez Urbajtel is the widow of Manuel Alvarez Bravo

John Banville is an acclaimed novelist and journalist. His book The Sea won the 2005 Man Booker Prize.

List of Contributors

Colette Alvarez Urbajtel, John Banville, Jean-Claude Lemagny, Carlos Fuentes

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