Trabajadores del fuego (Fire Workers)

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Trabajadores del fuego (Fire Workers)


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)




negative 1935; print about 1990


Gelatin silver print


24 x 19 cm (9 7/16 x 7 1/2 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

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Covered from head to toe, these fire fighters resemble characters from a science-fiction film. Manuel Alvarez Bravo captured them standing motionless in front of a decaying wall, perhaps observing a fire drill or waiting to relieve other workers. Their protective suede uniforms must have been a burden to wear beneath the rays of the hot Mexican sun. Concealed behind their masks, these individuals lack personal identity. Like many of Alvarez Bravo's images, this photograph uses concealment to introduce multiple layers of meaning.

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