14 February 2009

Nikolas Muray Advertising Photo Set on Flickr

A 42-photo set of Nikolas Muray's advertising work has been uploaded as part of the George Eastman House's ongoing Flickr Commons project. Muray was a Hungarian immigrant who attended school in Budapest and in 1913, with war imminent, made his way to New York. He found work as a printer in Brooklyn and opened a home studio in Greenwhich Village.

He quickly made a name for himself as a portrait photographer and was soon taking celebrity photos for Harper's Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Vogue, and the New York Times. Later in his career Muray turned his hand to commercial ads, and it is these lusciously colorful photos that are on display at Flickr.

One of the juicy sidebars to Muray's life story: he was the lover of the inimitable Frida Kahlo for ten years (including during her marriage to Diego Rivera).

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