Paisaje cactico (Cactus Landscape)

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Paisaje cactico (Cactus Landscape)


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)




negative 1969; print 1990s


Gelatin silver print


18 x 23.8 cm (7 1/16 x 9 3/8 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

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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


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