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Photographers You Should Know: Manuel Álvarez Bravo

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Information for this article was received from The Getty Museum and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

‘Figure of Christ,’ Asociación Manual Álvarez Bravo AC via The J. Paul Getty Trust

‘Figure of Christ,’ Asociación Manual Álvarez Bravo AC via The J. Paul Getty Trust

Manuel Álvarez Bravo was a self-taught Mexican photographer from a family of artists. Although trained in the classic art disciplines, Álvarez Bravo excelled at his photographic work. Born in 1902 in post-revolution Mexico City, Mexico, his career spanned nearly 80 years of professional photography and teaching.

Álvarez Bravo is considered one of the leading people in the development of photography and one of the greatest Mexican artists of the 20th century.

His early success in photography began in 1925 when he won first place in a local photographic competition in Oaxaca. He returned to Mexico City where he began socializing with artists from various disciplines. He met photographer Edward Weston, who encouraged Álvarez Bravo to continue his study in photography.

Álvarez Bravo taught photography at the San Carlos Academy during the 1930s and continued his work until his death in 2002.

His primary photographic interests include nude forms, folk art, and burial rituals.

Photography.Book.Now Announces Call For Entries in Self-Published Photography Book Competition

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition seeks entries for its second annual competition celebrating self-published photography books and the photographers behind them. The grand prize is $25,000 to finish – or start – a photography project of the winner’s choice. Entries will be accepted in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Commercial. The grand prize and first-prize winners will receive a private portfolio review with members of the judging panel in the category in which they submitted.

Submissions will be accepted through 12:00 pm PDT on July 16, 2009, at The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition is presented by Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books.

Noted photography book expert Darius Himes will serve as lead judge for the second year. In this role, Himes will lead a panel of editors, gallery curators, publishers, and photographers who will jury the Photography.Book.Now competition. The full panel of judges will be announced shortly. Complete entry guidelines and rules are available at

“We were truly blown away by the amazing and inspiring range of work we saw in the competition’s first year,” said Himes, lead judge of the first Photography.Book.Now contest. “We expect submissions this year will be even more spectacular. Photography.Book.Now offers photographers of all backgrounds a wonderful opportunity to showcase compelling work in book form. The three categories celebrate the photography book as an experience that is more than just the sum of its parts.”

In 2008, more than 2,000 photography books were submitted for consideration to the inaugural Photography.Book.Now competition. Beth Dow, a professional photographer from Minneapolis was awarded the $25,000 grand prize for her project, “In the Garden,” a book-length presentation of a portfolio of large platinum-palladium prints that examine tensions of mass, light, and perspective in highly cultivated landscapes.

An important aspect of Photography.Book.Now is bringing together the photography community. In the Fall, there will be an awards celebration and meet-up in New York, where attendees will celebrate outstanding books and have a chance to meet some of the most influential figures in the field. Photography.Book.Now will also host similar events during the fall in San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Paris.

Written by jeremyparce

March 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm