Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Two photographic looks
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Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo: Two photographic looks

Among the sentimental and creative couples in the history of Mexican art, undoubtedly one of the most prominent was formed by the photographers Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo.

Although their marriage lasted less than ten years, the photograph accompanied them the rest of their respective lives.

Álvarez Bravo met in Mexico City and married in 1925.

They moved to the city of Oaxaca where Manuel worked as an accountant for the federal government.

He practiced photography self-taught and taught Lola the development and printing processes.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo worked as publications photographer as Mexican Folkways, documenting Mexican art and traditions.

It is said that sometimes Lola helped him to take the photos, as well as to reveal and print them.

Lives and aesthetics that fork

En the firsts years in which Álvarez Bravo worked together, their styles were very similar.

Both worked portraits and documented everyday life, traditions and Mexican characters.

Subsequently, their concerns, themes and stylistic decisions would take different paths, like their lives.

Lola Álvarez Bravo focused on female representations, and her look on issues such as motherhood would stand out from the stereotypical.

But where this distinction particularly stands out is in the affinity Lola had for the Photocollages and photomurals.

Meanwhile Manuel would opt for Collaborate in film productions in which he left that look so characteristic.

Undoubtedly, Álvarez Bravo, together and each in their own way, were key figures for the visual history of Mexico in the twentieth century.

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