> Estate of Reva Brooks  



Biography
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
                  Retrospective
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
                   Photography
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
                   Photographique
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

Bibliography
Reva Brooks: Photographs, Westlake, Marilyn and Margot Smallwood Boland; M+M Art Press, Mexico/Toronto, 2003
Aperture 1952
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
Portfolio 2
Friends of Photography, Carmel, California 1972
Modern Photography
Family of Man
Ralits
Point de Vue, D'Art et Image, Mexico
Enciclopedia del Sapere, Milan, Italy