Luz restirada (Stretched Light)

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Luz restirada (Stretched Light)


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)




negative 1944; print 1977


Gelatin silver print


23.9 × 17.2 cm (9 7/16 × 6 3/4 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

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The Mexican muralist Diego Rivera once wrote that Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photographs radiate a "profound and discreet poetry, [a] desperate and refined irony ." This statement is borne out in Alvarez Bravo's image of light falling on tree leaves, which then cast distinct and diffuse shadows on a floating surface, perhaps a canopy or some other type of temporary structure.

Aiming his lens upward, Alvarez Bravo captured the stirring clouds that were momentarily suspended in the narrow opening between treetop and shadow-speckled surface. His angled perspective achieved a tension of ascent. In extracting something extraordinary from the everyday, Alvarez Bravo emphasized how visual realities can suddenly appear inscrutable to passersby.

Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser


Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Optical Parables (November 13, 2001 to February 9, 2003)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center (Los Angeles), November 13, 2001 to February 17, 2002
  • Museo Nacional de Arte (Mexico City), March 14 to June 2, 2002
  • Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), November 10, 2002 to February 9, 2003