Guillermo Kahlo

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Carl Wilhelm Kahlo

Also Known As: "Guillermo", "Guillermo Kahlo", "Carl"
Birthplace: Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: April 14, 1941 (69)
Coyoacán, D.F., Mexico
Place of Burial: Panteón Jardín de México, San Angel Inn, Álvaro Obregón Borough, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Heinrich Jakob Kahlo and Rosina María Henriette Kahlo
Husband of Matilde Calderón and María Cardeña Espino
Father of Matilde Kahlo y Calderón; Adriana Kahlo y Calderón; Frida Kahlo; Wilhelm Kahlo y Calderón; Cristina Kahlo y Calderón and 3 others
Brother of Karoline Hermine Kahlo; Maria Karoline Kahlo and Caroline Henriette Kahlo

Occupation: Fotógrafo
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About Guillermo Kahlo

He was a German photographer and father of artist Frida Kahlo, who painted his portrait.

Kahlo was the son of jeweller Jakob Heinrich Kahlo and Henriette Kaufmann. Frida Kahlo maintained that he was of Hungarian Jewish descent. One recent book, Fridas Vater: Der Fotograf Guillermo Kahlo by Gaby Franger and Rainer Huhle, asserts that "despite the legend propagated by Frida," Guillermo did not have Jewish-Hungarian roots, but was born to Protestant parents and "came from families accommodated in Frankfurt and Pforzheim." He attended the University of Nuremberg. His father paid him to travel to Mexico in 1891 as he did not get on with his stepmother. In Mexico, he changed his name from Wilhelm to Guillermo.

In 1901 he set up a photographic studio, working for El Mundo Ilustrado and Semanario Ilustrado. He was commissioned by the government to do architectural photographs, probably his best work. He also took photographs of churches with other photographers for a six-volume survey in the 1920s.

He married Maria Cardena in 1895. The night she died giving birth to their third child, he asked Antonio Calderón for his daughter Matilde's hand in marriage. After the marriage, Kahlo sent his and Maria's daughters away to be raised in a convent.

Wilhelm "Guillermo" Kahlo was a German Mexican photographer. He photographically documented important architectural works, churches, streets, landmarks, as well as industries and companies in Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century; meaning that his work has not only artistic value but also historical and documental importance. His parents were Jakob Heinrich Kahlo and Henriette Kaufmann. His spouses were Maria Cardena and Matilde Calderon y Gonzalez. He had seven children. One of his children was Frida Kahlo. He died of epilepsy at the age of 69.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy: Mar 17 2023, 17:34:22 UTC

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Guillermo Kahlo's Timeline

October 26, 1871
Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
June 27, 1896
Mexico City, D.F., Mexico
October 5, 1897
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
August 21, 1899
Coyoacán, D.F., Mexico
July 6, 1907
Coyoacán, Distrito Federal, Mexico
June 7, 1908
Coyoacán, D.F., Mexico