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Lola Álvarez Bravo began photographing while assisting her husband, photographer Manuel Álvarez Bravo, in his studio. After they separated, she committed to photography as a career and drew her subject matter from her surroundings, casting a compassionate lens on the people of Mexico, including the impoverished and those living in the margins of society. She was fast friends with legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and often photographed her; her gallery was also the first and only space to host an exhibition of Kahlo’s work in Mexico during her lifetime.