Nickolas Muray studied graphic arts in his native country, Hungary, and emigrated to the United States, in 1913, where he worked at Condé Nast, making color separations and halftone negatives. In 1931, he travelled to Mexico where he met Frida Kahlo with whom he began an on and off romance for ten years and a lifelong friendship. By depicting the artist, the Hungarian photographer highlighted her luxuriant Mexican heritage, life and style, enhanced on paper, thanks to the photographer’s mastering of color photography. In 1935, he became a contributor to the magazine, Mc Call’s colorful and attractive food and home pages. Nickolas Muray thus imagined elegant celebrity portraits combined with an exuberant, almost kitsch touch that seems to have inspired contemporary fantasy makers, Pierre & Gilles.