Ann Arbor Weather:
Friday October 20, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Manuel Alvarez Bravo

 

continued

The problem with these three and at least three other prints in the UMMA exhibit is that they seem overexposed when compared with those featured in Aperture magazine's breathtaking 1997 Alvarez Bravo monograph and in its 1987 Alvarez Bravo collection. This impression was reinforced by a second trip to the exhibit with a photographer friend in tow. Aperture prints held next to exhibit prints revealed a distinct detail-obscuring muddiness in the latter. The muddiness changed the meaning of several photos. In the UMMA's Box of Visions, the woman's facial expression is eclipsed by shadow. In the Aperture print, her visible face projects resigned dread, creating an entirely different impression. Similarly, Aperture's Portrait of the Eternal offers a chiaroscuro Madonna; the UMMA's, a figure mired in shadow. Although Alvarez Bravo's vision still shines through, "it's like listening to a CD on three-inch speakers instead of full-sized ones," as my friend noted. The nonetheless compelling visual music is on display through October 13.    (end of article)

[Originally published in September, 2002.]

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

Subscribe to the Ann Arbor Observer
Vievee Francis
Transformations
Keith Taylor
Music: Classical, Religious, & Cabaret
Dreamers in Limbo
Washington gyrations feed anxiety on campus.
Michael Betzold
Festivals, Fairs, Shows, & Sales
Crime Map
A clickable, zoomable map
County Millage
Gearing up for a big "ask."
James Leonard
Disabilities
Senior Housing - Assisted Living and Nursing Centers
Jerusalem Market Loses Its Lease
And other marketplace closings, September 2017
Sabine Bickford
John Shultz photography and Portrait Studio in Ann Arbor since 1982