Bravo is recognized as one of the leading figures in photography and as one of the great Mexican artists of the 20th century. Born in Mexico City shortly before the start of the Mexican Revolution in 1910, he began taking photographs while in his teens. It was during the 1920s and 1930s in the post-revolutionary period that his photography developed into the mature work that he is internationally known. Self-taught, Bravo created a substantial portfolio that spanned eight decades.
Bravo’s photographs are deeply ingrained in the culture, people, and landscape of Mexico. He captured intimate moments of the everyday, mysterious, rural and urban life, and life and death during a century that saw tremendous changes. His photographs frame the complexities of life in Mexico.