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Trampa puesta [Set Trap], from Fifteen Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1974

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Trampa puesta [Set Trap], from Fifteen Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1974

circa 1930s
20th century
17.2 cm x 24.2 cm (6 3/4 in. x 9 1/2 in.)

Double Elephant Press Ltd. Printer
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City) Primary
Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexico City, 1902 - 2002, Mexico City) Primary

Object Type: photograph
Artist Nationality: Latin America, Mexican
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Museum Fund, 1975
Accession Number: P1975.18.10/15

Manuel Álvarez Bravo studied briefly with Italian-born 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. In “Trampa puesta” a couple makes a living at a street market, enticing potential buyers with a combination of agricultural produce and religious images.

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