The Dreamer (El soñador)

The Dreamer (El soñador)
Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902-2002)
Gelatin silver print 
Image: 7-5/16 x 9-1/2 in. (18.6 x 24.1 cm) 
Credit Line:
Norton Simon Museum, Museum Purchase through the Florence V. Burden Foundation 
Accession Number:
Not on View

Bravo became interested in photography at the age of twenty. His prolific career began in the thriving artistic climate of post-revolutionary Mexico alongside artists Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Bravo's interest in Surrealist aesthetics and imagery is reflected in his photographs, which capture vignettes from everyday life replete with symbolic and metaphoric messages. Fellow photographer Paul Strand described Bravo's work as "rooted firmly in his love and compassionate understanding of his own country, its people, their problems and their needs...He is a man who has mastered a medium which he respects meticulously and uses to speak with warmth about Mexico."

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