Nickolas Muray at Pera Museum in Istanbul

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Pera Museum, 25.01.-21.04.2013

Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) was born in Hungary and studied phorography in Budapest and Berlin. He immigrated 1913 to New York, where he would revolutionize photography with his use of natural colors in advertising in the 1930s. He was working for all big fashion magazines, but his best pieces are portraits of famous people in unconventional poses.

This extensive show of Photographs doesn’t only include masterpieces of photagraphy, but they also show the glamouros Twenties and Thirties in America. The time of the early moving image and the first sexual revolution before it drowned in WWII and its aftermaths.

Nickolas Muray had a love affair with mexican artist Frida Kahlo for ten years starting after a visit to Coyoacan in 1938. He made wonderfuyl portraits of Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera. Muray andf Kahlo stayed friends also after they broke up until her early death in 1954.

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