Photography

Rare Childhood Photos of Frida Kahlo

Zuzanna Stańska 22 January 2024 min Read

Have you ever imagined what artists looked like when they were kids? Well, in this case, you don’t even have to use your imagination. Frida Kahlo was lucky enough to be a photographer’s daughter and he photographed her all throughout her childhood.

Carl Wilhelm Kahlo Kauffmann (1871-1941), better known as Guillermo Kahlo was a photographer who depicted architecture and Mexican industries in the first half of the 20th century. His photographs have not only an artistic value but also represent important history for the country. He was born in the German Empire and he moved to Mexico in 1891, where he met and married Frida Kahlo’s mother.

Here, we present Guillermo Kahlo’s rare photos from Frida Kahlo’s childhood. You can see how she looked from the age of 2 until she was 18. It is a very rare and incredible opportunity to see the photos of this famous artist. Especially since we are so familiar with her signature look that we know from her numerous self-portraits.

Childhood photos Frida Kahlo: Guillermo Kahlo, photography of Frida Kahlo at age 2, 1909.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo at age 2, 1909. Fototeca Nacional.

Childhood photos Frida Kahlo: Guillermo Kahlo, photography of Frida Kahlo at age 4, 1911.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo at age 4, 1911. Fototeca Nacional.

Childhood photos Frida Kahlo: Guillermo Kahlo, photography of Frida Kahlo at age 6, 1913.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo at age 6, 1913. Fototeca Nacional.

Childhood photos Frida Kahlo: Guillermo Kahlo, photography of Frida age 12 with her sister Cristina (left) and best friend Isabel Campos, 1919.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida age 12 with her sister Cristina (left) and best friend Isabel Campos, 1919. Fototeca Nacional.

Childhood photos Frida Kahlo: Guillermo Kahlo, photography of Frida Kahlo at age 12, 1919.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo at age 12, 1919. Fototeca Nacional.

Childhood photos Frida Kahlo: Guillermo Kahlo, photography of Frida Kahlo at 18 years old, 1926.
Guillermo Kahlo, Frida Kahlo at 18 years old, 1926. Fototeca Nacional.

Did you enjoy these extraordinary photos from Frida Kahlo’s childhood? Do you think she changed a lot over the years? It is interesting how badly we want to know what artists looked like before they became famous. Maybe it is because we have a feeling that we will be able to catch the moment when they started developing their creative skills.

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