Daughter of the Dancers / Muchachita!

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Daughter of the Dancers / Muchachita!


Manuel Álvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 - 2002)






Gelatin silver print


23.3 x 16.9 cm (9 3/16 x 6 5/8 in.)


© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

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With her back to the camera, a girl in a bright white cotton skirt peers into a circular black hole or window cut into a patterned wall with peeling paint. Her head is all but obscured by a wide-brimmed hat that echoes the shape of the portal. She stands on her toes ever so tentatively, her bare right foot overlapping her left as if she is trying to create her own stepping stair. Her right hand disappears into the void as she investigates the unseen contents within. This photograph by Manuel Alvarez Bravo establishes a contrast between her innocence and the fearful unknown.


Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Mexican, 1902 - 2002

Manuel Alvarez Bravo: Recuerdo de unos años (September 22 to December 6, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), September 22 to December 6, 1992
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
Photographers of Genius (March 16 to July 25, 2004)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 16 to July 25, 2004

Roche, Denis. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Paris: Photogalerie, 1976?) pl. VIII.

Livingston, Jane. M Alvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Boston, Mass.: D. R. Godine; Washington, D.C.: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1978) pl. 58.

Academia de Artes. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexico: Academia de Artes, 1980) p. 17.

Witken-Berley, Ltd. Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Roslyn Heights, N.Y.: Witkin-Berley, Ltd., 1980) p. 5.

Perez, Nissan N. Dreams--Visions--Metaphors: The Photographs of Manuel Alvarez Bravo, exh. catalogue, essay by Ian Jeffrey (Jerusalem: Israel Museum, 1983) pl. 65.

Salas Pablo Ruíz Picasso. Manuel Álvarez Bravo, exh. cat. (Madrid: Ministerio de Cultura, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1985) pl. 25.

Musée de Arte Moderne. Manuel Alvarez Bravo: 303 Photographies, 1920-1986 (Paris: Paris-musées; Paris audiovisuel, 1986) pl. 54.

Galerie Sonia Zannettacci. L'oeil du Minotaure: Ubac, Brassaï, Alvarez Bravo, Bellmer, Man Ray, exh. cat. (Genève: Sonia Zannettacci, 1987)

Del Conde, Teresa. Mucho Sol (México: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 1989) p. 29.

Hargraves, Michael. Masterpieces of the J. Paul Getty Museum: Photographs (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 105.

Education Resources

Education Resource




Photography and Choreography

Lesson in which students engage in visual and written activities that support the creative process of choreographing a solo dance composition.

Visual Arts; Dance


Three/Five-Part Lesson