Bernice Kolko: fotografa = photographer (Ediciones del Equilibrista, 1996)

The photographer Bernice Kolko was born in 1905 in Grayevo / Poland, from where she emigrated to the USA in 1920 and later became a US citizen. In the fall of 1951, she traveled to Mexico for the first time and began to portray women.
One focus of her work was the accompaniment of the famous painter Frida Kahlo. She met Kahlo immediately after her arrival in Mexico and spent the following years in her immediate environment. This resulted in an intense friendship and the photographs, which were created in the years 1951-1954, are among the most intimate shots and show Frida Kahlo in her everyday environment.
In addition, Bernice Kolko documented in many thousands more shots the people and the faces of Mexico. She traveled through South America, but also through Asia, the Middle East and the South Seas. She died in 1970 in Mexico City around December 15 while preparing a trip to South America.

Artist: http://www.bernicekolko.org/

Bernice Kolko, Unknown photographer, c. 1962.

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Two artists born in Poland had lives interwoven with Mexico’s most famous female painter. Both Bernice Kolko and Fanny Rabel became part of the artistic circles close to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, the former welded to her Rolleiflex camera, while the latter touched to the quick with a few brush strokes.
Frida Kahlo’s Polish Connections on Culture.pl



Untitled by Bernice Kolko, photo: courtesy of Fundación Zúñiga Laborde A.C. (Mexico)
Untitled by Bernice Kolko, photo: courtesy of Fundación Zúñiga Laborde A.C. (Mexico)
Untitled by Bernice Kolko, photo: courtesy of Fundación Zúñiga Laborde A.C. (Mexico)

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