Frida Kahlo: The Camera Seduced

Frida Kahlo: The Camera Seduced

by Elena Poniatowska
     
 

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Extravagantly beautiful and psychologically complex, Frida Kahlo was a legend in her lifetime. Nearly 40 years after her death, that legend has evolved into a myth. In this collection of 70 photographs, many never before published, Kahlo is shown as innocent, comic, seductress, political activist, and mystery by such diverse photographers as Ansel Adams and Gisele

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Extravagantly beautiful and psychologically complex, Frida Kahlo was a legend in her lifetime. Nearly 40 years after her death, that legend has evolved into a myth. In this collection of 70 photographs, many never before published, Kahlo is shown as innocent, comic, seductress, political activist, and mystery by such diverse photographers as Ansel Adams and Gisele Freund.

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Library Journal
The mythologizing of Kahlo continues with this compendium of photographic portraits of the Mexican painter, accompanied by a ``memoir'' by Poniatowska attempting to write as if she were Kahlo. The resulting essay is a singularly turgid bit of writing, surrounded by photos that have nearly all appeared in one of several recent biographies. Apparently striving to maintain the potency of the isolated image, the editors have gathered together detailed captions and photo credits in the book's final pages, forcing the curious reader to undertake a great deal of page-flipping to learn more about individual images. Kahlo was a person of transcendent beauty to the day she died, and without the artful photographs, the book would be bereft of any compelling content. While this endeavor is little more than a hiccup within a continuum of more well-rounded and intellectually rigorous titles on Kahlo, one can't help hoping that it does not represent a new direction in art historical study. Sara Lowe's Frida Kahlo ( LJ 5/15/92) is the preferred title.-- Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
Donna Seaman
Frida Kahlo was always Frida Kahlo's favorite subject for her frankly symbolic, hauntingly pain-filled paintings. Kahlo worked hard to forge a mystique around her badly injured yet glamorous body, creating elegant and eloquent costumes to separate her from the ordinary and express her creativity and aloneness. While most books about Kahlo and her work, including Hayden Herrera's "Frida Kahlo: The Paintings" and Martha Zamora's "Frida Kahlo: The Brush of Anguish" , include numerous, now-familiar photographs of Kahlo as well as reproductions of her paintings, this volume contains nothing but black-and-white photo portraits of the artist, most of which have never been published before. The 60 striking portraits are the work of Ansel Adams, Lucienne Bloch, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Imogen Cunningham, Gisele Freund, Juan Guzman, and Edward Weston, among others, and record Kahlo's public persona from childhood to her death in 1954. The text includes a fiery memoir by Elena Poniatowska--author of "Dear Diego" , a novel consisting of imaginary letters to Kahlo's husband, Diego Rivera--and a biographical essay by Carla Stellweg.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780840058157
Publisher:
First Glance Books, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/01/1992

Meet the Author

Carla Stellweg has worked with Latin American art and artists for 25 years. In 1989, she founded the Carla Stellweg Latin American and Contemporary Art Gallery, which presents the works of emerging Latino artists. She lives and works in New York City.

Elena Poniatowska was born in Paris in 1933 and is today one of Mexico's leading literary and intellectual figures. Novelist, essayist, and journalist, she was the first woman to win Mexico's prestigious National Journalism Award. Her novella, Dear Diego

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