Lola Alvarez Bravo

Lola Alvarez Bravo
5 November 2020 juliend


Lola Álvarez Bravo

Grégory Leroy

Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903-1993) is a key figure in the artistic renaissance that followed the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Born into a wealthy family, she learned photography by assisting her husband, the surrealist Manuel Álvarez. She devoted most of her career to documentary work, collaborating with Mexican government agencies. Alongside, she was also a portraitist who painted famous painters and a teacher at the San Carlos Academy. She created a photography workshop and founded the Galería de Arte Contemporáneo, where she organised the only exhibition ever devoted to Frida Kahlo during her lifetime. Inspired by scenes of daily life in both urban and rural areas, Álvarez Bravo was also interested in nationalist realism and indigenism, and she experimented with new techniques such as photomontage and mural photography.