Item description for Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Polaroids by Manuel Alvarez Bravo...
Manuel Alvarez Bravo is generally recognized as one of the masters of modern photography and one of Mexico's most significant artists. He is well-known for his black and white images, therefore this selection of never-before-published Polaroids might be a surprise to those familiar only with his signature style. The simple design of the book--a single photograph per page--reproduced in the original Polaroid's dimensions--creates an ideal context in which to enjoy this segment of Bravo's work. Colette Alvarez Urbajtel, the photographer's widow writes: "Although Manuel used a Hasselblad with special backing until his late career, when Polaroid cameras appeared on the market, he was quick to avail himself of their convenience and speed. He started taking black and white Polaroids with the appropriate fixtures, and then moved on to color. His work in color tended to be the result of some sudden impulse, when he had just supplied himself with materials or in quest of a particular effect. It might be at home, on the weekend, when there were people visiting, or when he wished to capture some prank of his daughters . . ." Beautifully reproduced, Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Polaroids reveals a playful, charming, and spontaneous side of the great Mexican master of light and shade, and is the first book on his work published since his death in 2003. It will appeal to those interested in photography and Mexican art in general. Essay by Colette Alvarez Urbajtel.
Hardcover, 8.25 x 10.25 in./96 pgs / 63 color.
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Studio: Editorial RM
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 10.75" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jun 15, 2005
Publisher Editorial RM
ISBN 9685208379 ISBN13 9789685208376
Availability 0 units.
More About Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Manuel Alvarez Bravo was born in 1902, in Mexico City. He received a daguerreotype camera in 1915 as a gift, and began experimenting with the basics of photography at home using his mother's kitchen pots and pans. Within a decade of buying his first modern camera in 1924, he had won regional photo competitions, begun to teach photography, exhibited in group shows with Imogen Cunningham, Edward Weston, and Dorothea Lange, had his first solo exhibition and met Diego Rivera and Jose Clemente Orozco. His pace has never abated and, since then, his work has been exhibited around the world and is in the collection of nearly every major museum. Bravo passed away at the age of 100 in 2002. .
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Bravo, Bravo! Mar 9, 2007
Long one of Mexico's masters of photography, Manuel Alvarez Bravo's collection of poloroid images gives an intimate view of some private moments. In photography, many newcomers concentrate on buying the latest and greatest equipment to produce that 'perfect' image, rather than focus on visualization. In this book, the master photographer proves why it's the photographer not the camera that makes the shot.
Every picture is a joy to see. Pick this book up, while it's still available. Unfortunately, many of his books are so hard to get.