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  • ICAA Record ID
    752393
    TITLE
    Adget : Documentos para artistas / Manuel Alvarez Bravo
    IN
    Artes Plásticas : Raíces  y frutos de la cultura (México, D. F., México). -- No. 3 (Otoño, 1939)
    DESCRIPTION
    ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Álvarez Bravo, Manuel. "Adget: Documentos para artistas." Artes Plásticas: Raíces y frutos de la cultura (Mexico City), no.3 (Fall 1939): [68-78].
    NAME DESCRIPTORS
    Atget, Eugène; Hill, David Octavius
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Synopsis

In this text, Manuel Álvarez Bravo considers the development of Adget (sic) as a photographer and the life experiences, warmth, and creativity reflected in his unique ability to see what is around him. He notes that Adget had no training in the arts, but only as a circus performer. Álvarez Bravo highlights the photographer’s simple technique, which was completely different from the theoretical complexity of the production in Paris at the time. In short, he comments on the difficulty of evaluating Atget’s work and photography by and large, due to the existing prejudices about the hierarchy of the arts.

Annotations

This text provides knowledge about the ideas of this leading figure in modern photography in Mexico—Atget—and the parameters that he considered significant. Such ideas were disseminated in the publication of the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas under the directorship of painter Manuel Rodríguez Lozano (1895–1971), who was also editor of the journal. The article includes several inaccuracies, both in the spelling of Atget’s name (which Álvarez Bravo spells “Adget”) as well as in his biography, since Atget was indeed a painter and actor before he was a photographer. Also, although there are works involving circus motifs, no documentation exists about Atget’s training as a circus performer. However, Atget’s work was unquestionably important to Álvarez Bravo as a pattern of keen observation and a photographic record of the details of daily urban life.

Researcher
Karen Cordero Reiman : CURARE A. C.
Team
CURARE, Espacio crítico para las artes, Mexico City, Mexico
Credit
© Colette Urbajtel
Location
Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas : Biblioteca Nacional/Hemeroteca Nacional