Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Reva Brooks, Photographer Extraordinaire

Magazine article Queen's Quarterly

Reva Brooks, Photographer Extraordinaire

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In photography, the important thing is the "decisive moment." It is that split second in the interaction between the photographer and the subject when a silent accord is reached. That is the photograph. There is a decisive moment in sex or dance or anything we do together. It is part of the excitement of human communication.

Reva Brooks in conversation with Karen Close.

IN 1947, Reva and Leonard Brooks, a Canadian couple in their mid-30s, decided to spend a year in Mexico at the artists' colony of San Miguel de Allende. Leonard, already a respected painter, bought his wife a secondhand Rollicord camera to record their visit (a visit now in its fiftieth year). "It was fate," says Reva. "I never took a picture without first establishing a communion with my subject." By the early '50s, her work had attracted the attention of international art dealers, and Edward Steichen bought two of her works for the New York Museum of Modern Art. …

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