Burro Grazing
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© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Mexican, 1930s
Gelatin silver print
9 9/16 x 6 9/16 in.

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Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photograph of a burro grazing beneath a cross-section of a wooden post makes direct reference to Christianity. This image was made in a small village, amid the comings and goings of the local residents. Alvarez Bravo's sense of humor is at play in this seemingly ordinary scene. The burro, a creature noted for its stubbornness and stupidity, finds nourishment at the foot of the cross, while the villagers appear to turn their backs on it, and on salvation.