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In this letter, the interim director of the Escuela Central de Artes Plásticas [Central School of the Visual Arts] informs the rector of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México [UNAM National Autonomous University of Mexico], and attorney-at-law, Ignacio García Téllez, of the decision made due to the absence of the photographer, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, from classes at the Academia de Profesores de la Escuela de Artes Plásticas [School of the Visual Arts Teachers’ Academy] and the students. In this case, the dismissal was based on the fact that he did not come to work for a month. In this document, Vicente Lombardo Toledano mentions the attitude adopted by the well-known photographer, who claimed the Sindicato de Pintores y Escultores [Union of Painters and Sculptors], to which he belonged, used the amount charged to purchase materials for his colleagues. Finally, if he had not come to work on schedule, his absence was due to the fact that the Union itself had not approved his return.
This document underscores the importance of collective work in the union in question, as well as the conditions to which its members were subjected. It contains hitherto undisclosed information concerning the work record on file for the photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002) at the Academia de San Carlos. Also of interest is the fact that the document was signed by another noted political figure in Mexico at the time, Vicente Lombardo Toledano, the communist leader and founder of the national workers’ federation (CTM) who was the presidential candidate on several occasions for the PP and the PPS.