FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE is presenting a retrospective of the Mexican photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002), one of the founding fathers of modern photography in Mexico.
Taken over the course of eight decades, Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s photographs offer a vital insight into 20th-century Mexico. Beyond their associations with the folk culture of an exotic land, the political rhetoric of muralism and Surrealist aesthetics, his fascinating and complex images are a reflection of the sweeping changes ushered in by the Mexican Revolution of 1910: the progressive abandonment of rural life and traditional customs, the rise of a post-revolutionary culture with international influences, and the adoption of a modern culture that revolved around the whirlwind of the big city.
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