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Manuel Álvarez Bravo 
El Soñador [The Dreamer] 
1931 (taken) 1980 (ca, print) 
Silver print 
7 1/8x9 1/4 ins (18.1x23.5 cm) 
Swann Galleries - New York 
Sale 2345, The Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots & Objects, 17 April 2014, Lot: 207 
Though not an official member of the Surrealist Movement, Bravo was a compatriot of Breton and the Surrealists in Mexico City. On this photograph, Bravo mused: "There at number 20 Calle de Guatemala, I saw many things that marked me forever. I walked a lot through the adjoining streets; I especially liked to watch the customs porters in Santiago Tlatelolco station, who after work would fall asleep exhausted on the sidewalk. I felt great compassion for them. … I am happy to have lived in those streets. There everything was food for my camera, everything had an inherent social content; in life everything has social content." 

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