Manuel Alvarez Bravo's photography was first introduced to an international audience in a prominent way in 1953, in issue No. 4 of Aperture. At that time, Aperture editor Minor White wrote about the photographer: "He sees with great facility. <span style="line-height:1.6">A friend writes that one has to put blinders on him till the destination of the day is reached, or he is out of film before he gets there."</span>
I was born at the beginning of the century, in a month of strong, high winds.... The exact date was February 4, 1902, and the exact place was directly behind Mexico City’s Catedral Metropolitana, on a narrow street called Guatemala. Manuel Alvarez Bravo spent his childhood here, playing among the ghost shadows of Aztec deities, half a block from the ruins of Montezuma’s sacred pyramid.
1902 Born February 4th in Mexico City. Attends Catholic Brothers’ school in Tlalpán 1908–1914, where classes are interrupted by the Revolution of 1910. 1915 Quits school and works as a copy clerk for a French company in Mexico City, takes evening courses in accounting.