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Photographs by German photographer Hugo Brehme Wick (1882-1954, known as Hugo Brehme) who immigrated to Mexico around 1903 and worked there for the remainder of his life. Best known as a photographer of Mexican landscapes, especially of the volcanoes outside the Valley of Mexico, Brehme also photographed people and places throughout the country, much as other photographers did to sell primarily to the tourist market. He also made a few notable photographs during the Revolution, including the famous photograph of Emiliano Zapata distributed by the Casasola Agency. Some photographs in this collection are stamped on back "negative by Sumner W. Matteson."

From the guide to the Hugo Brehme Mexico Photograph Collection, 1903-1943, (University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research)

Biographical / Historical Note

Hugo Brehme, born in Germany in 1882, arrived in Mexico in 1908 with his wife and photographic equipment. Though he expected the visit to be relatively brief, he spent the rest of his life in Mexico and is considered one of the founders of Mexican pictorialist photography. His early photographs were documentary, and include views of the Mexican Revolution that have served as source material for various 20th century Mexican artists. The most famous of these, the portrait of Zapata in Cuernavaca, was for many years attributed to Agustín Víctor Casasola, with whom Brehme collaborated from 1913 to1914. After the revolution, Brehme turned to pictorialism, making impressionistic views of the Mexican landscape and inhabitants. These photographs, taken as he wandered with cumbersome equipment through remote, often mountainous regions, were highly acclaimed when published in his collection México Pintoresco (1923). Brehme continued to publish photographs in magazines such as National Geographic and Mapa, and in various books about Mexican culture and geography, until his death in 1954. Brehme, Hugo, México pintoresco, México D.F., 1990 (1923). Brehme, Hugo, México: una nación persistente: fotografías, México D.F., 1995. Brehme, Hugo, Pueblos y paisajes de México, México D.F., 1992.

From the guide to the Hugo Brehme views of the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1920, (Getty Research Institute)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Brehme, Hugo. Mexico mining album. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Brehme, Hugo,. Hugo Brehme photographs, circa early 20th century. University of California, Riverside, UCR
creatorOf Brehme, Hugo. Hugo Brehme La Decena tragica photograph collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Hugo Brehme La Decena Tragica Photograph Collection, 1913-1929 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
creatorOf Scholes, France V. (France Vinton), 1897-1979. France V. Scholes Pictorial Collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Hugo Brehme views of the Mexican Revolution, 1913-1920 Getty Research Institute
referencedIn Robert Luthardt Papers, ca. 1900-1978, (bulk 1960-1975) University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
creatorOf Brehme, Hugo. Hugo Brehme Mexico photograph collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Hugo Brehme photographs, circa early 20th century Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
creatorOf Brehme, Hugo. [Maximilian I of Mexico portrait postcard] [graphic]. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Brehme, Hugo. Hugo Brehme and Antonio Garduno Mexican photograph collection [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
creatorOf Wilson, W. Lincoln. W. Lincoln Wilson photographic album of Mexico [picture]. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
referencedIn W. Lincoln Wilson Photograph Album of Mexico, circa 1900-1927 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
creatorOf Hugo Brehme and Antonio Garduno Mexican Photograph Collection, 1920-1929 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn France V. Scholes Pictorial Collection, 1910-1979
creatorOf Hugo Brehme Mexico Photograph Collection, 1903-1943 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
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associatedWith Garduno, Antonio person
associatedWith Garduno, Antonio. person
associatedWith Luthardt, Robert, 1917-1977 person
associatedWith Matteson, Sumner W., 1867-1920. person
associatedWith Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1832-1867 person
associatedWith Scholes, France V. (France Vinton), 1897-1979. person
associatedWith United States corporateBody
associatedWith Weber, Wilhelm person
associatedWith Wilson, W. Lincoln person
associatedWith Wilson, W. Lincoln person
associatedWith Winterhalter, Franz Xaver, 1805-1873. person
associatedWith Zapata, Emiliano, 1879-1919. person
associatedWith Zapata, Eufemio, 1873-1919 person
associatedWith Zapata, Josefa Espejo person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Mexico
Paricutin (Michoacan)
Mexico--Teotihuacan
Mexico--Otumba
Mexico City
Mexico--Veracruz
Popocatepetl (Mexico)
Popocatépetl (Mexico)
Mexico
Parícutin (Mexico)
Mexico--Michoacan
Mexico
Mexico.
Subject
Women--Arts and crafts--1903-1925
Mexico City (Mexico)
Churches--1920-1929
People
Waterfalls--1920-1929
Volcanoes--Mexico
Art education--1903-1925
Mexico--History--Revolution, 1910-1920
Landscapes
Mountaineering--1920-1929
Cityscapes--Mexico
Pyramids--1920-1929
Indians of Mexico--1903-1925
Mountaineering--Mexico
Pyramids--Mexico--Teotihuacan
Markets--Mexico
Photography, Artistic
Military camps--Veracruz (Veracruz--Llave, Mexico)
Fishermen--1920-1929
Lakes--Mexico--Michoacan
Battleships--United States
Landscapes--Mexico
Pictorialism (Photography movement)--Mexico
Volcanoes--1930
Mexico--History--Decena Tr´gica, 1913
Art--Study and teaching--Mexico
Veracruz (Veracruz--Llave, Mexico)--History--American occupation, 1914
Lakes--1920-1929
Fishermen--Mexico--Veracruz
Indians of Mexico
Plantations--1920-1929
Plantations--Mexico--Otumbas
Photography, Artistic--Mexico
Waterfalls--Mexico
Volcanoes--1920-1929
Veracruz--Llave (Mexico : State)
Markets--1903-1925
Church buildings--Mexico
Mexico--Description and travel
Occupation
Collector
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Birth 1882

Death 1954

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