Ventana de radiografias (X-ray Window)

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Ventana de radiografias (X-ray Window)


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)




Mexico (Place created)


negative 1940; print 1990s


Gelatin silver print


24 x 18.6 cm (9 7/16 x 7 5/16 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser

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Part of Manuel Alvarez Bravo's career involved photographing murals, the visual evidence of Mexico's culture that was freely available for public viewing. In this image, he captured a different kind of scene--a view opened to the gaze of any passerby and newly made possible by the invention of the X-Ray machine. This assortment of X-Ray images illustrating the internal skeletal structure of the human body was mounted outside the laboratory storefront of a colonial building in downtown Mexico City. Linking radiography to photographic methods, this searching exploration of surface and anatomy, of the visible and the concealed, became a hallmark of Alvarez Bravo's work.

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