Famous Mexican Photograhers.

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by wayne_crider|4, Aug 16, 2004.

  1. On a recent trip to Mexico City, and while spending a day in the beautiful
    countryside, I wondered if there were any famous Mexican photographers
    whose work was available in books or online.
     
  2. Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Flor Gardu�o are a couple well known. Flor was an apprentice and assistant of Alvarez Bravo.

    Julio Galindo wrote a book on platinum printing and if you buy the english/spanish edition it comes with a print.

    Other than that there are few that are well known and none who are LF photographers (other than Alvarez Bravo) or doing landscapes. Unfortunately in Mexico people seems to have gotten stuck with photo journalism and any other genre is not accepted or as well received. It is a shame as there are many wonderful landscape opportunities here that have not been exploited.

    Although I am not famous or well known, if you want to see some pt/pd Landscapes I will have some prints posted at the www.btzs.org gallery in September.

    BTW, Alvarez Bravo died last year, but Flor is still making photographs.
     
  3. Tina Modotti is OK, but she's really more famous for her fling with Edward Weston.
     
  4. Me, just kidding. I'm sure there must be, but I'm not one in the know. Did you visit any museums such as Diego Rivera's home (hmm might be a long lost relative, huh)

    I traveled to Mexico City in August of 2003 to visit family over there, Southern Californian born and raised. I can tell you I took a ton of pictures. And it helped that I'm fluent in Spanish to make my family reunion that much better. I plan on going to Guadalajara, Mexico next time. I hope there is a much to see there as there was in Mexico City.

    Hope someone can answer your question.
     
  5. Jorge Gasteazoro :>)
     
  6. LOL....from your mouth to God's ear Jim....:)
     
  7. The 1976 "The Photography Catalog"; was a paperback large book; sort of like the "Whole Earth Catalog" of that era. <BR><BR>Page 213 has a paragraph about Manuel Alvarez Bravo.<BR><BR> On page 175 is a 2/3'rds page article about the Polaroid 195 camera; and mentions Alejandro Serrate of Puerto Escondidio as being a wet bath street photographer. Art Kane had the modern Polaroid 195 in the publicity movie; Sr. Serrate was the "widely respected street Photographer; in the old versus new camera shootout movie stunt. Polaroid sent a film crew for the event; the Polaroid 195; versus a down to earth wooden view camera. <BR><BR>
     
  8. This is not exactly the answer to the initial question, but along the general issues raised here I would heartily recommend to anyone (and I often do!) reading Weston's Daybooks - one called simply "California" and one "Mexico". He talks about the wonderful light there - I lived in Cuernavaca about a year and I would simply have to agree with him. I was doing primarily video work but would tuck a little Olympus XA in my video gear bag, loaded with b&w film, and would pull it out whenever. Still some of my most favorite images ever. When I had the room to carry it I used an old Rolleicord for even better negatives. Going to show some of those prints this fall, subject being "vernacular architecture".

    Paul
     
  9. Bravo will be the easiest to find outside of Mexico.
     
  10. Gabriel Orozco.
     
  11. Thanks to all who contributed.

    I did find the light and landscape quite amazing, and thought the the perfect
    camera to have down there would be an 8x10 or something with a 617 back.
    Although I found Mexico City a place a little hard to take, the country
    appeared to be one photographic opportunity after another. I look foreward to
    researching the photographers mentioned and to my return trip with a larger
    camera.
     
  12. Famous Polish War Heroes
     
  13. Famous Jewish Sprinters
     
  14. Just Kidding.
     
  15. Andre -- tsk tsk. Bravo was a great photographer, and likely the greatest of Mexican photographers. Polish War Hero: Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817). Great Jewish Sprinters: Men: Marty Glickman and Sam Stoller (USA); Women: Zhanna Pintusevich (Ukraine, 2001 World Champion 100 meters)
     
  16. I really like Tina Modotti -- because her photos have real human content, and the work is refreshing.

    Hmmm -- what about Ana Menieta? -- It's hard to find info online about her, you might have to go to the library -- but I think she's from Mexico... She is often grouped in this sort of "New Genre" arena -- but everything she shows is (tap tap tap) photography.

    S
     
  17. Mariana Yampolsky. There was a nice portfolio in the June B&W magazine. According to the blurb, she was born in Chicago, but spent 50 years photographing in Mexico.
     
  18. Juan Rulfo, more famous as a novelist (Pedro Paramo), was also an exceptional photographer. "Juan Rulfo's Mexico" is available in the US and Europe. It contains both landscapes and portraits. I think you'll enjoy it.
     
  19. Bravo will be the easiest to find outside of Mexico.
    LOL, yep, the Manuel Alvarez Bravo center in Oaxaca is empty, has nothing of his there, it is just an empty building. I guess some people just have to be experts at everything. uh?
     

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