Frida Kahlo is best known for her vibrant photography that is so great at depicting the struggle of indigenous women and their tradition. Her paintings are notorious for being vibrant in color as much as for meaning, depicting herself in photos that are going to great lengths to explain the struggles of women in true form. Many of her paintings are put in homes and museums alike, showing how the general public appreciates her take on women in society.
Though she was such an important figure in the world of art, there aren’t many photos of Frida from her time as a child, so the following photos that were taken between the years of 1910-1930 by her father, Guillermo Kahlo, are rare and very interesting in seeing her life at such a young age in an equally oppressive world as the one she paints about later on.
The photos range from the age of 2 to the more recognizable ones in 1929. You can see how she changes with the passing of time, preferring a more serious expression to the lighter and happier one at the age of 3 or 4. It’s also interesting to see her life with her sisters and friends, happy groups having fun in the sun, or dressing up for one occasion or another. It shows a more youthful side of Frida that gives her a depth we have never seen before. It also reminds us that she is more than just a creepy woman in a painting, but a person with thoughts and emotions that went into her artwork.
For the scholars that choose to focus on her pieces as their expertise, these rare photos may shed some light on previously confusing parts of her life. Who knows, there may be more photos out there that will make her even more impressive than she already was.