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Gelatin silver print
Image: 18.4 x 24.2 cm (7 1/4 x 9 1/2 in.); Paper: 20.2 x 25.5 cm (7 15/16 x 10 1/16 in.); Matted: 35.6 x 45.7 cm (14 x 18 in.)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Stumberg 1985.220.5
© Colette Urbajtel/ Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, S.C
Manuel Alvarez Bravo encouraged viewers to discover their own meanings in his pictures.
Mexico’s greatest photographer, his career spanning nearly eighty years, Alvarez Bravo was set apart by his unique eye for seamlessly combining artistic influences from inside and outside Mexico into art that transcends culture, time, and place. He was particularly gifted at transforming scenes from daily life—like this vignette depicting two women walking—from an ordinary act into a slightly ominous scene through the juxtaposition of large, ambiguous shadow patterns.
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