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Gabriel Figueroa, who died in 1997 at the age of 90, was widely recognized as the premier cinematographer during Mexico's golden age of film, the period from 1930 to 1960. Orphaned at an early age, he studied photography and painting on his own, becoming influenced by the work of muralists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. In 1935 he went to Hollywood, where he became an assistant to legendary cameraman Gregg Toland. In his collaborations with directors John Huston, Luis Bu–uel, and Emilio Fernandez, Figueroa became known for a dense, atmospheric style. Shown is a still from Fernandez's The Pearl (1945). "The Mexican Golden Age of Cinematography: Photographs by Gabriel Figueroa" opens this Wednesday with a reception from 5 to 9 at the Aldo Castillo Gallery, 233 W. Huron (312-337-2536). Admission is free. The exhibit is sponsored by the Chicago Latino Film Festival, which starts next Friday, March 31.

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