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Sed pública [Public Thirst], from Fifteen Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1974

1934
20th century
23.8 cm x 18.8 cm (9 3/8 in. x 7 3/8 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: P1975.18.7/15

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. For “Sed pública” Álvarez Bravo photographed a child drinking from a public fountain in a scene that reveals the city’s uneven progress towards modernized infrastructure.

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