Who are we ?
The Manuel Álvarez Bravo Association was founded in March 2005 as a non-profit organization offering tax-deductible receipts for donations. Its offices occupy one section of the photographer´s studio in Coyoacán, Mexico City.
This organization came into being through the initiative of Manuel Álvarez Bravo’s widow and two daughters, to ensure that the personal archives of one of the most important representatives of the history of photography be kept intact, in optimum conditions and in the artist’s native country of Mexico.
The Association, which currently consists of a working team of three people, devotes itself to researching and preserving the Álvarez Bravo's negative archives, as well as promoting his legacy. It offers consulting and advising services, coordinates projects related to the artist and watches over the good use of his work.
We intend to make our work accessible both to people who know little or nothing about the photographer’s production and to those who are interested in or devoted to photography as an art form or as a document. Our work is also directed at those who think, as we do, that photography in general and Álvarez Bravo’s work in particular constitute an essential part of the cultural patrimony of Mexico and the world.
We are strong believers in the fact that the work we have preserved is not only valuable, but also fragile. It is our duty to protect it, but also to ensure that it is used in order to further our mission.
We want to have access to the necessary infrastructure and resources to fulfill our mission and to expand and improve our services. We wish to be an organization recognized for our independence, capacity for development and long-term viability.
The Association aspires to grow and establish itself as a cultural organization that favors the knowledge and enjoyment of photography, and which makes a significant contribution to the cultivation of the arts in Mexico and abroad.
What we have achieved ?