“I was the only woman fooling around with a camera in the streets and all the reporters laughed at me. So I became a fighter.”
Lola Alvarez Bravo (1907–1993) was Mexico’s first woman photographer, and her career is exceptional both for its remarkable range and for the compelling quality of her work. Approaching photography from multiple angles, she worked as a photojournalist, commercial photographer, and professional portraitist, while also creating intensely personal images of people, places, and things throughout her native Mexico. In addition, she played a vital role in the Mexican cultural scene, as an inspiring teacher of photography, as friend of innumerable artists and writers (many of whom she photographed), and as owner of a prestigious gallery that presented the first solo show by her friend Frida Kahlo, the subject of some of Alvarez Bravo’s most powerful portraits.
Text from the book Lola Alvarez Bravo, essay by Elizabeth Ferrer. foreword by Douglas R. Nickel.
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