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... a Fish Called Saw

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902–2002)


Medium gelatin silver print Measurements H: 10 x W: 8 in. (25.4 x 20.32 cm) Credit Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene S. Cohen in memory of Sarah and David Weis Accession Number 79.3.11 Location Not on View


The photographs of Manuel Alvarez Bravo are often difficult to categorize, perhaps because he drew on diverse influences, such as Mexican artists Tina Modotti and Diego Rivera and celebrated American photographer Edward Weston. Sometimes his work focuses on the Mexican Revolution, while it occasionally has surrealistic overtones, as in …a Fish Called Saw. There is a curious formal similarity between the young woman's crossed feet and the tail of the elongated fish she holds. In her pretty dress and head covering, she appears to be "a fish out of water" too. —From gallery label for the exhibition Digital to Daguerreotype, by Linda Benedict-Jones, 2009