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Parábola óptica [Optical Parable], from Fifteen Photographs by Manuel Álvarez Bravo, 1974

1931
20th century
23.8 cm x 18.1 cm (9 3/8 in. x 7 1/8 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: P1975.18.1/15

Manuel Álvarez Bravo captured images of everyday life in Mexico City with a keen eye for the ironic and the uncanny. "Parábola óptica" (1931) shows an optician’s storefront, where modern advertisements give us an unsettling sense of being watched. Álvarez Bravo heightened the surreal quality of the photograph by printing it backwards. His carefully composed images reveal his modern sense of aesthetics.

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