In coordination with the Exhibition
April 19th - June 9th, 2012
Photo-Historian authored forward for text associated with the exhibition.
Lecture: May 12th, at 3pm
The aptly named exhibition features the work of Hugo Brehme and weaves in a few works by contemporaries in Mexico at the time. Images by Paul Strand, Gordon Abbott, Anton Bruehl, Laura Gilpin, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Edward Weston, and Tina Modotti round out the exhibition and give weight to the style of Brehme.
Works from the 1920's and 1930's are rich and revealing. Brehme is known for his Pictoralist style, and even when Modernism became the way of seeing he remained true to his approach. His silver prints are rich and elegant; his hand-painted works devine. There is a painterly quality to the work both in handling and in framing. Intent is strong and clear careful attention to the way an image is composed. Everything is precisely constructed, wonderfully balanced, rhythmic. There is a flow to the frames and we stay locked in looking. The precision and attention given by the artist works for the viewer to denote a sense of honor. The figures, the landscapes, and the ancient monuments Brehme photographed are handled with so much attention that they become seen as more than important, but iconic.
Brehme's career was long and his dedication rendered him a leading character in the reformulation of Mexican nationalism. He is often called the "grandfather" of Mexican photography and a defining factor of Mexico and Mexicans.
For more information on the exhibition or the text please visit Throckmorton Fine Art
Book available: Timeless Mexico: Photographs by Hugo Brehme,
(Foreward by Stella de Sa Rego): $60.00