Nickolas Muray

Portrait of a Photographer


6 Foreword
Suna, İnan & İpek Kıraç

8 Foreword
Mimi Muray

10 Acknowledgements
Saloman Grimberg

14 Nickolas Muray Self-Portrait
Saloman Grimberg

26 On the Portrait
Nikolas Muray

88 Photographing People in Colour
Nikolas Muray

154 The Fateful Encounter and Passionate Attachment Between the Sword and the Flower
Saloman Grimberg

198 Chronology
Saloman Grimberg

Renowned as the most successful portrait and fashion photographer of New York in the 1920s, American - Hungarian photographer Nickolas Muray (1892-1965) revolutionized photography with his use of natural color photography in advertising in the 1930s.

Curated by Salomon Grimberg, the exhibition brought together Nickolas Muray’s photographs in a retrospective. Garnered from George Eastman House, the famous photography archive in the US, the Nickolas Muray Archive, which is under the direction of the Muray family, and various private collections, this selection summariz-es Muray’s career, covering nearly 50 years.

Besides Muray’s black-and-whites, the catalogue presents some of the color photographs that made him famous in Hollywood circles and the American advertising industry.

Muray has photographed many famous actors, dancers, artists, and writers, from Greta Garbo to Marilyn Monroe, from Elizabeth Taylor to Martha Graham; he is also known for the first color photographs he took for famous brands such as Lucky Strike, Coca Cola, and General Foods. Published regularly in some of the most prominent magazines of his time like The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Dance, Shadowland, and Theater, these photographs are accompanied by the artist’s portraits of Frida Kahlo, his great love.

Publication Year: 2013
Number of pages:  205
ISBN: 978-605-4642-11-3