Manuel Alvarez Bravo (1902-2002) was one of the most significant forces in Mexican photography and one of the first visual arts practitioners of the 20th century. Illuminating an 80-year career, this collection is a testimony to the unsurpassed acuity of a master’s eye. His work sprang from a vision born of his time and his culture, but it touched people from every society all over the world. The 370 tritone photographs featured include a combination of iconic images and more than 30 unpublished photos of urban and rural scenes: still lifes, nudes, religious and vernacular subjects, as well as portraits of Frida Kahlo and Octavio Paz. Most importantly, Mexico’s indigenous rituals and traditional customs are celebrated by means of Alvarez Bravo's work.
Manuel Alvarez Bravo died on October 19, 2002, a century after his birth, having lived through the most tumultuous period of Mexico’s history. Photopoetry includes a preface written by Colette Alvarez Urbajtel and essays by John Banville, Jean-Claude Lemagny and Carlos Fuentes.