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