Manuel Alvarez Bravo often scrutinized the Mexican landscape, probing its jagged surfaces for signs of human intervention. In this photograph, unusual in his body of work, he depicted one of Mexico's many rugged geological formations. While the eroded, zigzagging slopes of this mountain range create a geometric pattern, the cacti further down provide textural interest. Alvarez Bravo is known for his patience and willingness to wait until exactly the right moment to make a photograph. The image was created when the sun was directly overhead so that shadows would not obscure the varied plant life on the mountain's surface.
Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser