El Sueno De Los Pobres.

Another interesting example of Huaraches in a historical context is a photograph titled El Sueno de los pobres 1 by Lola Alvaro Bravo.

Lola Alvarez Bravo (1907-1993) was a Mexican photographer who like Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera was a key figure in the  Mexican art renaissance of the 1920′s and 1930′s and 1940′s.

Lola Alvaro Bravo took this photo in 1949 following her famous photomontage with the same name. Taken in a market, my understanding of El Sueno de los pobres 1 is that even though a new pair of Huaraches was a reality for the Mexican working class they were still a dream for the poor (interestingly the child in the photo is however wearing some seemingly new sandals). For Huaraches to be chosen as the background to this work of art, I think also reinforces the notion that Huaraches were an important and iconic product in Mexican culture.

Huarache blog would be interested in getting further information and opinions from its readers about this photograph.


El Sueno de los pobres 1, 1949
Photograph by Lola Alvarez Bravo
Collection Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona
Copyright. 1995 The University of Arizona Foundation


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