> Estate of Reva Brooks
Reva Brooks and her painter-musician husband, Leonard Brooks, began their love affair with Mexico in 1947 when they moved to the warmth of San Miguel de Allende from the artistic chill of Canada.
While living in Mexico, Reva mastered dark-room and photographic techniques and took the most famous photograph of her career, the image of a dead child and its grieving mother. This image would rocket her to prominence in Mexico, the U.S.A. and Europe. Edward Steichen bought this photograph for the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1952 and included ´Confrontation´, Elodia (the grieving mother), in the “Family of Man” exhibition in 1955. In 1975 the San Francisco Museum of Art chose Reva Brooks to be one of fifty women in the exhibition “Women of Photography: An Historical Survey”.
Reva Brooks´ vision was always driven by her burning intellect and compassionate heart. After arriving in Mexico she quickly learned Spanish and connected directly with the humble Mexicans during her early travels in a jeep across Mexico. Her early photographic successes and the management of Leonard´s painting career kept them both at the forefront of a stimulating swirl of artistic activity in Mexico.
Early in the 1960s Reva was involved with Leonard´s music students. In the beginning she photographed the poor Mexican children who came for free lessons in the Brooks home. Later she photographed the students of the Fine Arts Center in San Miguel where Leonard founded a music department and taught for twenty years.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2001 Ottawa, Canada, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
1998 Toronto, Canada, Stephen Bulger Gallery
1997 Aguascalientes, Mexico, Casa Cultural, Retrospective
1997 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Centro Cultural Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, 50 year
1995 Guanajuato, Mexico, Museo Casa Diego Rivera
1972 Toronto, Canada, Royal Ontario Museum
1972 New York, New York, Lincoln Center, Photographs of Mexico and Documentary Music Theme
1972 Guanajuato, Mexico, Universidad de Guanajuato
1972 Aguascalientes, Mexico, Casa de Cultura
1972 San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Centro Cultural Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes
1970 Mexico D.F., Mexico, Palacio de Bellas Artes
1970 San Antonio, Texas, Witte Museum
1970 Mexico D.F., Mexico, Anglo-Mexican Institute
1970 Santa Barbara, California, Museum of Art
Selected Group Exhibitions
1998 Kingston, Canada, The Edward Day Gallery, The works of Leonard and Reva Brooks
1981 Windsor, Canada, Windsor Art Gallery, Art for All
1976 San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of the Arts, Women in
1967 Montreal, Canada, Expo 1967, The Camera as Witness / Regards sur la terre
des hommes 1962 Versailles, France, Grands Photographes de Notre Temps
1961 Paris, France, Bibliotheque Nationale Salon International du Portrait
1956 Hanover, New Hampshire, Dartmouth College
1955 New York, New York, Museum of Modern Art, Family of Man
1949 London, Canada, London Art Gallery
Selected Permanent Collections
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico D.F.
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography
David Alfaro Siquieros, Mexico D.F.
Rufino Tamayo, Mexico D.F.
Rico Lebrun, Los Angeles, California
John Huston, Ireland
Mackinley Helm, Santa Barbara, California
Ayala and Samuel J. Zacks, Toronto
Helen Hayes, New York
Kate Simon, New York
Henry Miller, California
Freeman Tovell, Ottawa
and many other private collections
Reva Brooks: Photographs, Westlake, Marilyn and Margot Smallwood Boland; M+M Art Press, Mexico/Toronto, 2003
U.S. Camera Annual
Canadian Art spring 1950, vol.7 no. 3
City and Country Home, March 1990, Volume 9/number 2
The Canadian Art Colony in San Miguel de Allende
Friends of Photography, Carmel, California 1972
Family of Man
Point de Vue, D'Art et Image, Mexico
Enciclopedia del Sapere, Milan, Italy