As an avid admirer of the self-portrait, depictions of Frida Kahlo are not far and few in between. In addition to her own painted portrayals, contemporaneous photographers often employed Kahlo as the subject of their photographs, which were typically shot in traditional black-and-white film. From 1937 to 1946, however, photographer Nickolas Muray shot a series of polychromatic photos that expertly captured the colorful spirit of the artist.
In 1931, Muray and Kahlo met in Mexico. For the following 10 years, they engaged in an on-again, off-again romantic relationship that culminated in both a lifelong friendship and a beautiful collection of personal portraits. “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,” Muray aptly explained.
Much like her own self-portraits, Kahlo is not candidly captured in Muray’s photographs; rather, she is shown posing for the camera. As she stands in front of blank stucco walls, bright, patterned backdrops, and sunlit, outdoor scenes, Muray skillfully exhibits both her evocative expressions and the radiance of her distinctive ensembles. Clad in her characteristic attire—including full skirts, patterned tops, colorful shawls, and, of course, floral headdresses—Kahlo’s colorful persona is strikingly showcased through the intimate (and fittingly vivid) color photographs.
In the 1930s and 1940s, photographer Nickolas Muray shot a colorful collection of Frida Kahlo photos.
h/t: [Vintage Every Day]
All images via Nickolas Muray Photo Archives.
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