INFRAMUNDO / HYDRA
WANTED. Unpublished portraits of Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Size: 17 x 23 x 1 cm
Number of pages: 85
Print run 3,000
This book is the result of the initiative of the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Archive to show a wide selection of portraits made by the famous author between the 30’s and the 50´s of the last century. An exhibition, this book and a web page were made with the purpose of identifying the people portrayed with the help of the public and the readers.
Through this playful approach to the archive as a container of collective memory, these portraits seek a reflection on the photographic medium and the activation of the image through interaction with the public.
The book plays with the identification cards and the data of the file itself, including the information of the portraits already identified and those who identified them. In the book the interior, the cover, and the design of the shirt that becomes a poster that alludes to those of people who are publicly sought, the book offers a different approach to the work of this extraordinary and iconic Mexican author.
"These portraits were selected in the cataloging of the negatives of the photographer who made the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Archive for a little more than five years. We had fun trying to guess who these characters might have been and we invented stories for them.
Prisoners in the confinement of their boxes, had escaped, however, in time and space because their identities were unknowns that questioned again and again. We decided to turn their accomplices and try to help them escape their anonymity, and in what better way than with the collaboration of the greatest number of people. "