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Margarita De Bonampak
25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
(Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City)
Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support:
Gelatin silver print
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Burt Wolf on behalf of Ian H. Zwicker of NYC; Gift from The Contemporary Austin to the Blanton Museum of Art, 2017
Manuel Álvarez Bravo studied briefly with Italian-born, Mexico-based photographer Tina Modotti. When she was deported from Mexico in 1930 for political reasons he purchased her cameras and took up her practice of capturing everyday images in the streets of Mexico City. Álvarez Bravo also traveled to Chiapas as part of an expedition to visit the famous Maya murals in Bonampak. It was there that he shot this pensive portrait of a young Lacandón woman, “Margarita de Bonampak.” She looks down toward the camera, her eyelids lowered to shield herself from the midday sunlight that reflects off her loose tunic.