Manuel Alvarez Bravo was born in Mexico City in 1902 and his career spanned 70 years between the late 1920s to the 1990s [Reference 2 and 4]. His father and grandfather were both amateur photographers.
Bravo’s professional career began when he was given a job as photographer for the Mexican Folkways magazine following the departure of Tina Modotti when she was exiled from Mexico in 1930.
His work has spanned modernism and surrealism as well as documentary styles.
Project 1: Activity, Depth and Distance – Exercise 2.2 People and Activity
It’s hard to see many opportunities to capture cultural aspects of the events I’m planning on photographing. It’s possible that with the ploughing event there will be more of an opportunity for this.
The article in Black+White Photography magazine contains four of his images. Looking at them it is difficult to see how his style could be applied to the event I will be photographing for this project and exercise. However, the image A Fish Called Sword (1944) [Reference 2 and 3] highlight the need to sometimes look for the quirky and different, that can change an image. In the context of this exercise that could be something like another animal appearing suddenly alongside the horses and plough while they are working.
- Manuel Alvarez Bravo Association. Available at: https://www.manuelalvarezbravo.org/english/mab-en.php (Accessed: 29th September 2017)
- Mavlian, S, ‘A Modern Eye’, Black+White Photography, Issue 204 July 2017, 44-47
- Mutual Art, ‘A Fish Called Sword (1944)’. Available at https://www.mutualart.com/Artwork/A-Fish-Called-Sword–1944-/B43619CC33885F8A (Accessed: 30th September 2017)
- MONOVISIONS, ‘Biography: Documentary Photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo’ Available at http://monovisions.com/manuel-alvarez-bravo/ (Accessed: 30th September 2017)