Manuel Alvarez Bravo made this portrait of Rufino Tamayo's delicate hands to symbolize individuality within the larger fields of society and art. Tamayo, a mural painter, saw Alvarez Bravo's work in a 1928 exhibition. It was the first time Alvarez Bravo exhibited his photographs. Interested in reactions, he stood nearby hoping to eavesdrop on a conversation. Two people stood talking, then approached Alvarez Bravo. One of the individuals was Tamayo. He was the first artist to respond to Alvarez Bravo's work, and the two shared a close friendship from that moment forward.
Gift of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser