Object Image

Self-portrait, Oaxaca

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...

Gelatin silver print
6.4 x 9.4in
Text: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 2023
Image: Colette Urbajtel/Asociación Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Where you'll find this

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Permanent collection