I first came across this book in Taschen's 'Photographers A-Z'. Although it appears as a few select reproduced page spreads, something told me there was magic in this book and I was not to be disappointed. Susan Kismaric's presentation of Alvarez Bravo's work renders it perfectly imperfect, interspersed with gems like The Daydream (1937) and Portrait of the Eternal (1935). No matter how abstract, banal or expert the image, he got under the skin and into the soul of his native Mexico. This book is a window into his world of intellectual heavyweights, agitators, merchants, models and the impoverished indigenous. A sound purchase.