Today I stumbled upon the most brilliantly beautiful color portraits from the 1930s and 1940s on the George Eastman House Flickr page. I just had to share some of them! These portraits were taken by Nickolas Muray who was born in Hungary but immigrated to the United States in 1913 where he made quite a name for himself. He was a pioneer of advertising and color portraiture, and based on his description on Flickr, was as colorful in character as his photography. You can read more about him and see more of his work: here. Get ready to “Ooo” and “Ahh”!
Ladies Home Journal – Swimsuit Layout – 1932
Lucky Strike – Girl in Red – 1936
McCall’s Magazine – Woman in Flowered Hat Holding Compact – 1937
McCall Homemaking Cover – Girl in Feathered Hat – 1938
McCall Homemaking Cover – 1939
McCall Magazine Homemaking Cover – Knitting Lesson – 1940
McCall’s Magazine Style and Beauty Cover – Fortune Teller – 1940
– September 1941
McCall Style and Beauty Cover – 1942
Incredible, no? I wish all of MY photos looked like this! I find the color process so beautiful and striking. If you’d like to see more, take a look at the Nickolas Muray photo stream on Flickr. Brilliant stuff. I think the Fortune Teller photo is my favorite, but the shoes and the swimsuits are also amazing. …but then there’s kittens. I can’t decide!
Which one is your favorite?