Unpublished portraits by Manuel Álvarez Bravo

Something more than five years lasted the cataloging of the negatives in the archives of Manuel Álvarez Bravo. Among many other images, we were struck by an important number of portraits that could be dated in the thirties, forties and fifties of the last century. We had fun trying to guess what they were doing or who these characters might have been
"Wanted.Unpublished portraits by Manuel Álvarez Bravo" has no artistic purpose; it's a file job. Its main task is the identification of the people portrayed by Don Manuel.
We think the dissemination of archive material, as long as it is reasoned, makes it a living archive. The meaning of our work is to give dynamism and novelty to Don Manuel’s, especially as it is aimed at new generations.

The Manuel Alvarez Bravo archives in memory of the World of UNESCO

On Sunday, March 4, 2018, the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Archive received the certificate of its registration in the UNESCO International Memory of the World Register, at its highest level.
Thanks to this one, not only is Don Manuel's legacy stills celebrated worldwide. It also recognizes the work that the organization that bears his name has donefor thirteen years on his negatives, his documents and his library.
For six years, the Archive received supports that made possible these tasks. In addition to several people, the following instances have collaborated in the cataloging and conservation of the negatives and documents of Don Manuel:
    • -ADABi de México
      -Fundación Televisa
      -Fototeca Nacional del INAH
      -Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la UNAM
      -Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes
      -Comisión de Cultura de la Cámara de Diputados.
  • Don Manuel's archive is alive and dynamic. It is open to anyone who needs to work on it, both inside and outside of Mexico.
    We will do everything in our power to honor this recognition. We believe that with perseverance much is achieved and we hope to be able to contribute to the strengthening of actions to preserve the photographic archives in Mexico.


    Currently two exhibitions of Manuel Álvarez Bravo are presented in these galleries: Galerie Agathe Gaillard, Paris, until March 31st, 2018, https://galerieagathegaillard.com and in theGalería Juan Martín, CDMX, until April 14th, 2018, https://www.galeriajuanmartin.com