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© Colette Urbajtel/Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo, SC

Manuel Alvarez Bravo
Mexican, 1930 - 1940
Gelatin silver print
7 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.
92.XM.23.41

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Standing in the shade of a rural building, Manuel Alvarez Bravo made this photograph of a sun-drenched sapling, newly planted in the dry earth. A carefully crafted trellis of bamboo and twine protects the frail plant, indicating that it is of considerable importance to its owner. By omitting actors from the scene, Alvarez Bravo's image reveals a ground-level universe, rich in devotional meaning.