Lola Álvarex Bravo
September 22, 2021
Through documenting the livelihoods and social activities within Mexico, Lola Álvarex Bravo is recognized as Mexico’s first successful female photographer. As a passionate photojournalist, educator, and curator, Álvarex Bravo was a significant figure within the world of photography.
Born during the early 1900s in Jalisco, Mexico, Álvarex Bravo grew up in Mexico City with several family members. Here she married photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo and assisted in developing his photos. Manuel would be the one to introduce her to the camera, photo, and studio techniques.
Together, the two involved themselves with other influential Hispanic artists such as Frida Kahlo, who Álvarez Bravo would become great friends with throughout her career. After separating from her husband in 1934, Álvarez continued to develop as a photographer and independently began her journey traveling to tell the stories of Mexico.
In 1944, she opened her first solo exhibition at Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts and ran her own gallery from 1951-1958. The work of Álvarez Bravo consisted of compositions that focused on abstract forms, patterns, and light and shadow. She captured photographs of the daily activities happening in villages, architecture, and landscapes. These photos hold meaning because of how it showcases life during the post-revolution Mexican renaissance.
Unfortunately, by the late 1980s, she was forced to give up photography due to the failure of her eyesight. On July 31st, 1993, Bravo passed away in Mexico City. Today her artwork is on display at many galleries, such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the National Museum of Women in the Arts (Washington D.C.), and the J Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles).
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