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"Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903 – 1993) was a Mexican photographer. She was a key figure (along with Tina Modotti, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and her husband Manuel Álvarez Bravo) in Mexico's post-revolution renaissance.
She was born Dolores Martinez de Anda to wealthy parents in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, Mexico. Her mother died when Lola was 2 years old and her father died of a heart attack 5 years later in 1916. ...
She is quoted as saying 'I don't know why since childhood, I had the idea that I wanted to do something not everybody did. What I've hated most about my life is that they order me around and they limit my freedom.'"
...She photographed schools, factories, farms, orphanages, fire stations, and hospitals throughout Mexico to go along with the magazine's articles. Álvarez Bravo is probably best known however for the photographs she took in the 1940s of her close friend, Frida Kahlo...
She was the director of photography at the National Institute of Fine Arts. She opened an art gallery in 1951 and was the first person to exhibit the work of Frida Kahlo in Mexico City. She also taught photography at the Academia de San Carlos in Mexico City.
Inspired by such photographers as Edward Weston and Tina Modotti, Álvarez Bravo established her own independent career. For 50 years, she photographed a wide variety of subjects, making documentary images of daily life in Mexico's villages and city streets and portraits of great leaders from various countries. She also experimented with photomontage.
She continued to take photographs until she went blind at 79. She made a statement late in life that sums up why her photographs are important; 'If my photographs have any meaning, it's that they stand for a Mexico that once existed.'
Her work focused on documenting Mexico and its people during her lifetime, with a humanistic perspective. Her images document de industrialization of the country which occurred after the Mexican Revolution as well as the ..." (Wikipedia)