Frida with Olmeca Figurine, Coyoacán. 1939. Carbon process print
Frida with Arija, Coyoacán 1941. Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper.
Frida on White Bench, New York, 1939. Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper
Frida in Dining Area, 1941. Digital pigment print on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper.
Frida with Nick in her Studio, Coyoacán, 1941. Silver gelatin print.
“Photography, fortunately, to me has not only been a profession, but also a contact between people – to understand human nature and record, if possible, the best in each individual.” -Nickolas Muray
In May 1931 photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) traveled to Mexico on vacation where he met Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), a woman he would never forget. The two started a romance that continued on and off for the next ten years and a friendship that lasted until her death in 1954. Approximately fifty photographic portraits taken by Nickolas Muray of Frida Kahlo comprise the exhibition Frida Kahlo: Through the Lens of Nickolas Muray. The photographs, dating from 1937 to 1946, explore Muray’s unique perspective; in the 1930s and 1940s he was Frida Kahlo’s friend, lover and confidant. Muray’s photographs bring to light Kahlo’s deep interest in her Mexican heritage, her life and the people significant to her with whom she shared a close friendship.
About Frida Kahlo
Frida Kahlo was born on July 6, 1907, in Coyocoán, Mexico City, Mexico. Considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists, Frida Kahlo began painting after she was severely injured in a bus accident. Kahlo later became politically active and married fellow communist artist Diego Rivera in 1929. She exhibited her paintings in Paris and Mexico before her death in 1954.