Mexico 1902 – 2002
[Notebook of tomorrow] 1938-40
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
1931 was an important year for Álvarez Bravo. It was the one he resigned from his job at the Treasury Department to become a full-time freelance photographer and that his photographs were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A major supporter of his work was the muralist Diego Rivera who wrote of ‘the profound and discreet poetry’ of his work. A surrealist strain runs strongly through Álvarez Bravo’s oeuvre, as does an interest in photographing the female nude. Even here, in a seemingly straightforward study, a strange sense of unrest and tension is palpable – the figure’s pose strikingly awkward and unnatural.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra