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(BRAVO, Manuel Álvarez.) PARKER, Fred R.

Manuel Álvarez Bravo.

Published: Pasadena, CA: Pasadena Art Museum, 1971

Stock code: 105808

Price: £375

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First edition, first printing, the hardback issue. Presentation copy from Bravo to the photographer Eva Rubinstein, inscribed on the half-title: “A Eva Rubinstein, recuerdo de la exhibición en Witkin 5-20-75. M. Álvarez Bravo”. Presented at the exhibition of Bravo’s work at the Witkin Gallery, New York. “Manuel Álvarez Bravo voraciously adapted every European modernist mode of photography for his own use from New Vision formalism to Surrealism, suffusing it with his own personal visual signature. More importantly – and this made him one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers – that signature was less about style than subject. And his subject was Mexico, or more accurately mexicanidad (Mexicanness) – what it means physically, historically, psychologically and spiritually to be Mexican” (Parr & Badger II p. 98).

Square octavo. Original black leatherette. With the dust jacket. Monochrome illustrations throughout. Jacket spine toned, light soiling to panels. A very good copy.

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