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He arrived in Mexico in 1905. At 20 and masterfully handled his photographic equipment, taking photos with artistic sense for their studies in Germany. Brehme time lived much of his life in Mexico, naturalized Mexican shortly before his death. A Brehme is known for its printed postcards and their influence on several generations of Mexican photographer Manuel Alvarez Bravo. At first the postal market was dominated by photographers such as Bollbrügge, Briquet, Kahlo, Miret, Ruhland & Ahlschier, Scott and Waite. At the regional level, for example, Schneider in Chihuahua, Kaiser in Guadalajara and San Luis Potosi, Gossmann in Saltillo and Zacatecas Neubert. In 1912, Brehme was established professionally in Mexico City, opening a studio on the 1st. San Juan de Letran No. 3, direction of their first orders. In 1919 he opened another study on Avenida Cinco de Mayo No. 27, which he called "Hugo Brehme Art Photography". This is where Manuel Alvarez Bravo worked and learned the basics of photography and the production of postcards. He died in a car accident in 1954.

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