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Posted: Friday, July 4, 2014 5:00 am

Stunning works by Latin American photographers Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, and Luis González Palma are featured in the exhibition Tres Visiones, which opens Wednesday, July 9, at Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd. with a reception and book-signing of the exhibit catalog for Mi Querido Mexico by Stuart Ashman, president of Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art. (That exhibit, dedicated to Carrillo’s legacy, runs in California through Nov. 30.) Because gallery owners Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum, both noted photographers themselves, have had long-standing relationships with all three artists, their show at Scheinbaum & Russek offers rare works that have not often been seen by the public, along with many well-known and sought-after images.

Álvarez Bravo, a native of Mexico City, is regarded as his country’s first significant artistic photographer and the most important 20th-century Latin American figure in that medium. Self-taught, he surfaced professionally around 1925, winning first prize in a Oaxaca photography competition. Later that decade, he became acquainted with the modernist artists Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, both of whom encouraged and influenced him as he developed his greatly admired ability to charge everyday images with unexpected (and frequently surrealistic) intent. Throughout his life, he remained devoted to the indigenous cultures of Mexico, embracing ideas from other parts of the world as well. He died at 100 in 2002.

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