Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fifteen Fridas

















Fifteen photographic portraits of Frida Kahlo, some familiar, some not so familiar. These are all taken from the book that I refered to in yesterday's post, Frida Kahlo: Portraits of an Icon, with text by Margaret Hooks. About Kahlo's ornate indigenous costumes, Hooks writes:


For Frida, clothes were a means of communication with the outside world and every day she selected from her lexicon the elements that would best represent the image she wanted to project. Some of those who had the privilege of watching her dress describe it as being present at a cross between a ceremonial ritual and the creation of a work of art, particularly if she was preparing to receive a photographer arriving for a session. Frida selected from a wardrobe of an enormous array of clothes from all over the Mexican republic. Choosing combinations from a vast assortment of skirts, blouses and belts, dresses, shawls and petticoats, all in a wide variety of colours and textures, plus footware that ranged from pointed-toed cowboy boots, to huarache sandals and even, her one concession to western style, four-inch high-heeled pumps. She sometimes took hours over the process carefully choosing and combining items of clothing after making sure that each item was in perfect condition. She thought nothing of making adjustments on the spot with a needle and thread or having one of her servants re-press an item that had the slightest rumpled pleat. If in any doubt about the final overall effect, she would ask the opinion of those she trusted as to whether it looked good, and start all over again if it did not.

7 comments:

Morgaine said...

Fantastic, really good to see these.

Susan Beauchemin said...

I can't imagine spending that much time dressing--it was an art form to her.

TERI REES WANG said...

A true animal lover!

I am enamored my Tina Modotti a photographer at the same time and place and a friend to Frida, and a witness to her wild heart.

Martha Miller said...

hi all - thanks for dropping in! frida was photographed by just about all of the famous photographers of her time, and she was a great model because she was so familiar with being the focus of the camera - she posed for portraits by her photographer father since she was a little girl. he was a huge influence on frida and paved the way to her lifelong series of self-portraits.

Dean Grey said...

Martha!

I just adore Frida Kahlo!

Thanks for sharing these with us!

-Dean

Captain Nick Sparrow said...

Surprising photos! Thanks for sharing. I just read a fiction book that Frida played a large role in: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. I definitely recommend checking it out!

painter of blue said...

Wonderful! Thanks for posting these!