Date of Award

Fall 1-5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Art

First Advisor

Harper Montgomery

Second Advisor

Lynda Klich

Academic Program Adviser

Maria Antonella Pelizzari

Abstract

Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), a Mexican photographer, photojournalist, portraitist, and teacher created approximately thirty photomontages during the span of her fifty-year career. This thesis argues that Álvarez Bravo turned to photomontage during targeted periods of her career in order to contest and challenge prevailing discourses on motherhood and femininity. A close analysis of eight photomontages produced between 1935 to the last printed in 1958 make evident the manifold ways Álvarez Bravo represented gender as a contested, political, and personal concern.

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