In Vintage Inspiration

Nickolas Muray – Portraits in Color

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’s Magazine Cover – Woman Wearing Scarf – July 1938


McCall Homemaking Cover – 1939


McCall Magazine Homemaking Cover – Knitting Lesson – 1940


McCall’s Magazine Style and Beauty Cover – Fortune Teller – 1940


McCall Cover – Joan Caulfield – 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?