4/18/2018 2:15 PM
During this month, the ICAA celebrates the 115th anniversary of the birthday of Mexican photographer Dolores [Lola] Álvarez Bravo (April 03, 1903 – July 31, 1993). Aside from photographing a wide variety of subjects, and producing documentary images and photomontages, she is also known for her portraits of political leaders and other well-known Mexican artists (such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera). Over the course of her long career in the arts, Álvarez Bravo was also a photojournalist, commercial photographer, professional portraitist, teacher, and gallery owner and curator. In addition, Álvarez Bravo served as Chief Photographer for the magazine El Maestro Rural (published in the 1930s by Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Education); as Director of Photography at Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (1940s); and as an activist with the Liga de Escritores y Artistas Revolucionarios [League of Revolutionary Writers and Artists] (LEAR). Lola Álvarez’s works Clara Porset Chair (c. 1955), Saliendo de la ópera (c. 1947); Yalalag (1946); Carmen Marín de Barreda (1940s); Untitled (no date); and Sin paisaje pero quietcito (c. 1950) are part of the MFAH Collection. For more information on Lola Álvarez Bravo, visit the ICAA digital archive.