Manuel Álvarez Bravo took this self-portrait at the age of 94 as he drove through the hills of Oaxaca, Mexico. The unusual composition divides the picture's emphasis between his face and the surrounding landscape. Álvarez Bravo draws a connection between himself as an artist and rural Oaxaca, an area he photographed many times throughout his career. Though Álvarez Bravo rarely took self-portraits as a young man, he made this image just a few years before he passed away, a literal and metaphoric self-reflection near the end of his life.
Gift of the Collection of Daniel Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser...
Image: Colette Urbajtel/Asociación Manuel Álvarez Bravo