Her Photos

The unique archive of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo consists of private snapshots, her own photographs, and pictures taken by prominent photographers. This treasure chest was only opened up to the public in 2007. And now an exhibition has been compiled by the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Frida Kahlo

Her Photos

1 February – 10 May 2015

For the first time in Germany, Marta Herford will be presenting 200 photographs from this collection which served Kahlo as a recollection, a source of inspiration and as working material.

The Mexican artist Frida Kahlo became world-famous with her unique painting style in which she processed her turbulent life – her illness, her pain, her marriage to Diego Rivera. It was only after Kahlo’s death, however, that a huge, private photo archive was discovered that gives us completely new insights: pictures of the family, her political struggle, her damaged body.

Photos by world-famous photographers such as Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Edward Weston, Brassaï and Tina Modotti are accompanied by pictures taken by Frida Kahlo, anonymous private photographs, and portraits produced by her father, himself a professional photographer. The result is a haunting document of her era and an intimate glimpse into the life of one of the twentieth century’s outstanding artists.

The selection was compiled by the acclaimed photographic historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio for the Museo Frida Kahlo in Mexico City.

Banco de México Fiduciario
en el Fideicomiso
Museos Diego Rivera
and Frida Kahlo
Exhibition views
Copies of the out-of-print publication “Frida Kahlo – Her Photos“, pulished by RM in 2010, can only be obtained from second-hand.
Texts by Carlos Phillips, Hilda Trujillo Soto, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, Masayo Nonaka, Gaby Franger, Rainer Huhle, Laura Gonzáles Flores, Mauricio Ortiz, James Oles, Horacio Fernandez and Gerardo Estrada
Format: 17 x 24 cm
580 pages, Hardcover with dust jacket
401 partly colour ill.
Thank you

Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners for their ongoing support of our program.

Exhibition poster

Video: Exhibition trailer (German)

Video: Exhibition trailer (German)