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May 1st, 2013
Collector donates Kahlo works to Wittliff


A rare Kahlo image of people (photo courtesy of the Wittliff Collections).


San Antonio art collector Susan Toomey Frost recently donated her Guillermo Kahlo collection consisting of 120 photographs, postcards, booklets, and books to the Wittliff Collections at Texas State.

Kahlo is best known for his architectural photography of early 20th-century Mexico.

Frost’s donation includes rarities such as Indígenas de Ixtlahuaca, one of the few Kahlo images of people, a sleeved booklet of ten views titled Recuerdo de la Ciudad de México, and a bifold panoramic postcard of a street scene with the Church of Santo Domingo. There are also 14 silver gelatin architectural prints of churches and buildings in Cholula, Metepec, Mexico City, Puebla, San Miguel de Allende, Tepotzotlán, and Tlaxcala.

Kahlo was born October 26, 1872, in Baden-Baden, Germany. At 19, he traveled to Veracruz and subsequently moved to Mexico City. He started as an apprentice to the photographer Antonio Calderón and opened his own studio in 1901. In 1904, he received government commissions to inventory the nation’s monuments, including churches near the capitol building and the former presidential residence in Chapultepec Park. Kahlo suffered throughout his life with epilepsy and died peacefully in his sleep in April 1941.

He is the father of artist Frida Kahlo.

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