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Works by Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Known as the “father of Mexican photography,” Álvarez Bravo demonstrated an early openness to artistic influence from outside Mexico and combined this with a thoroughly Mexican subject matter: workers, rituals and streetscapes. The emergence of Mexico City as an international centre for artistic and intellectual exchange in the 1920s and ’30s provided the backdrop against which he pursued his long career. His photographs are often marked by deep-black areas, and his compositions resonate with a subtle strangeness, revealing mysterious currents in everyday life.

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