24 November 2006
Many things in the history of photography seem to lead back to the 291 gallery
in New York. I was planning to write something about Edward Steichen who
was Alfred Stieglitz associate and designer of the covers of the legendary
journal "Camera Work".
Then I stumbled upon this man born in Szeged, Hungary.
[Nickolas Muray at Riverview Park, Chicago], 1917 / unidentified photographer.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 14 x 08 cm. Nickolas Muray papers, 1911-1978.
Archives of American Art
His name was Nickolas Muray and for those of you who are not familiar with
him I´d like to share my findings. As you probably already have figured out,
I have not graduated from any academy of fine arts or something like that.
I am just a curious private investigator. Anyway Nickolas was a very handsome
man, but also a skilled photographer. Below is a picture of his studio in
New York where he settled down in 1913.
photographer. 1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. Nickolas Muray papers,
1911-1978. Archives of American Art.
Muray became one of the most sought after portrait photographers and made
over 10 000 portraits, many of them were of celebrities. He worked for
magazines like Vanity Fair and Harper´s Bazaar.
I was delighted to find his color prints. The one with the shoes below is
breathtaking. I really love it.
Shoes 1942 color print, assembly (Carbro) process 37.9 x 31.7 cm. (visible)
Gift of Mrs. Nickolas Muray
GEH NEG: 29533 71:0034:0005
Among those pictures there is also the beautiful portrait of Frida Kahlo below.
American (b. Hungary, 1892-1965)
TITLE ON OBJECT: Frida Kahlo
color print, assembly (Carbro) process
40.1 x 29.9 cm.
Gift of Mrs. Nickolas Muray
GEH NEG: 40130
Pictures of Kahlo and Shoes are from Photography collections online,
George Eastman House See more excellent pictures by Murat here
Nickolas had a love affair with Frida Kahlo for many years. In the last
picture you will find him in Frida´s and Diego Riveras home in Mexico.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm. Nickolas Muray papers, 1911-1978.
Archives of American Art.
Right to left: Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter and caricaturist Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957), Diego Rivera, the Hungarian-born photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965), Rosa Covarrubias (former American dancer Rosa Rolando), and two Tehuanas who served Rivera as models.
It seems I have ended up in Mexico once more.
I´m glad that i now can present some works of Olle Norling, who recently showed photos in an exhibition in Uppsala. The prints he has done by him self.
Olle says: "My photography often includes buildings or landscapes. In this work from 1987 I was investigating the commonplace".
I think that Joakim Ahnfelt’s serie Est Deus In Nobis is really fascinanting and is very happy to have the possibility to show it on The F Blog. About the serie Joakim says:
What if everyday objects suddenly got blessed with divine inspiration? Or
should we say possessed?
What would they do?
Where would they go?
What would whey do once they got there?
Est Deus In Nobis is a series trying to explore an act of defiance against
the laws of nature. The main part of the pictures was created during two
hectic spring months in 2001. Occasionally this project get revisited...
Tech note: No pixels where tweaked, rearranged or harmed in any way. It's
all done the hard way. See more at this adress: "www.flickr.com/photos/52539789@N00/". Invited by Fredrik Skott.
[Joseph Stella and Marcel Duchamp], 1920 / Man Ray, photographer.
1 photographic print : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm. Rudi Blesh papers,
1909-1983. Archives of American Art.
If you read my post about "Francis Picabia and 391" you probably
also saw the name Marcel Duchamp on the cover of an issue of
that periodical. Here he is with painter Joseph Stella. Both men
are worth a special chapter, but for now I will just make a remark
about the photographer with birthname Emmanuel Radnitzky, but
known to the world as Man Ray.
"In New York, Ray met and worked with the French artist
Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia from Spain, forming the
core of the New York Dada movement whose centre was
Alfred Stieglitz's gallery '291'." read full article at
Well, it seems like we are getting somewhere? Or what do
you think? I will definitely come back to Man Ray later on.