Manuel Alvarez Bravo – Google Mexico


Today February 4, 2013 Google is celebrating the end of the

Canadian Penny

on the Google Canada Search Engine Homepage and on the Google Mexico search engine homepage the live and legacy of Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

Who was Manuel Alvarez Bravo

He was the pioneer of artistic photography in Mexico and the most important figure in Latin American photography for the 20th century.] His work reached creative heights from the 1920s through the 1940s.  In developing his craft, he recognized the difficulties of the photographic medium, such as the inability to capture the past and the difficulty of avoiding stereotyping.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (February 4, 1902 – October 19, 2002) was Mexico’s first principal artistic photographer and is the most important figure in 20th century Latin American photography. He was born and raised in Mexico City.

While he took art classes at the Academy of San Carlos, his photography is self-taught. His career spanned from the late 1920s to the 1990s with is artistic peak between the 1920s to the 1950s. His hallmark as a photographer was to capture images of the ordinary but in ironic or surrealistic ways.

His early work was based on European influences, but he was soon influenced by the Mexican muralism movement and the general cultural and political push at the time to redefine Mexican identity. He rejected the picturesque, employing elements to avoid stereotyping. Over his career he had numerous exhibitions of his work, worked in the Mexican cinema and established Fondo Editorial de la Plástica Mexicana publishing house. He won numerous awards for his work, mostly after 1970.

For more information you can visit the Wikipedia article about

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

on Wikipedia.