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[ A photograph in black and white. A person with dark hair holds a Dia de los Muertos skull while smiling into the camera in front of a darkened background. ]

Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Dia de todos muertos (Day of All Dead) , 1933

Artwork Type: Photographs
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm)
Accession #: 19800724H
Credit: Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of University at Albany Foundation , Gift of Ronald Lesser
Related Exhibitions:
Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections
Persuasive Images: Selected Works from the Art Collections at the University at Albany
Object Label:
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002, Mexican) was one of the most renowned Mexican artists of the twentieth century. His work not only became a significant part of but also expanded the canon of black-and-white photography. His oeuvre shares the visual vocabulary of the North American photographers included in Affinities and Outliers such as Edward Steichen and Elliott Erwitt. He was particularly influenced by indigenous cultures of Mexico, but remained open to artistic influences from outside his country. Working alongside artists such as Frida Kahlo and José Clemente Orozco, Bravo’s portraiture and landscapes draw from pictorial, surreal, and documentary photography. Encompassing a wide breadth of subject matter, the artist’s series of fifteen black- and-white works exemplify Bravo’s ability to transcend culture, time, and place.
Affinities and Outliers: Highlights from the University at Albany Fine Art Collections

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