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Carl Wilhelm Kahlo

Spanish: Guillermo Kahlo
Also Known As: "Guillermo"
Birthdate: (69)
Birthplace: Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: April 14, 1941 (69)
Immediate Family:

Son of Johann Heinrich Jakob Kahlo and Rosina María Henriette Kauffman
Husband of Matilde Calderón y González and María Cardeña
Father of Matilde Kahlo y Calderón; Adriana Kahlo y Calderón; Frida Kahlo; Wilhelm Kahlo; 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.


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Guillermo Kahlo's Timeline

October 26, 1871
Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Age 27
Age 30
Age 34
July 6, 1907
Age 35
Coyoacán, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Age 36
Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
April 14, 1941
Age 69