Lola Alvarez BravoPhotographs by Lola Alvarez Bravo
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Lola Alvarez Bravo was Mexico's first woman photographer, and her work is exceptional both for its remarkable range and its compelling quality. She played a vital role in the Mexican cultural scene, as an inspiring teacher of photography, as friend of innumerable artists and writers (many of whom she photographed), and as owner of the gallery that presented the first solo show by her friend Frida Kahlo, the subject of some of Alvarez Bravo's most powerful portraits.
She began making photographs, under the tutelage of her then husband, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, in 1926, Lola achieved her own aesthetic during the 1940s and '50s, especially in portraiture and street photography. In these engaging images she found a way to reveal a lyricism in the world around her, producing quiet reveries on life lived in the moment.
The English-language book on Lola Alvarez Bravo to encompass the full range of her work, includes some never before published images and several of her little-known photomontages. Elizabeth Ferrer's insightful text—based on far-ranging research, including interviews with the artist and her friends—captures the unique spirit of the photographer and her work.
Lola Alvarez Bravo (1903–1993) lived and worked in Mexico City. Her work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson, where her archive is maintained. Her work is represented by Throckmorton Fine Art, New York, and Galería Juan Martín, Mexico City.