By Susana Hayward Soler, News Taco
The shot was a smash. The Internet went nuts. And so did we.
Here was a photo of Frida
Kahlo floating around the Internet, in sepia, wearing a thick
necklace and holding a gun. Perhaps it was the gun, or was it
the peek-a-boo robe, that got all those hits? (Frida rocks no
Genius it was. It’s the brainchild of angrylambie. com, the website of photographer Robert Toren.
Like others who fell in love with the photo, News Taco thought it was real. Yes, we were suckered but in the process we discovered Toren.
“I am somewhat conflicted between wanting to create a believable image, and whether it is ‘right’ to fool people – have not come to a perfect conclusion, but tagged some of the images as photoshop and fake,” Toren told News Taco. “I think, though a fake, it’s a positive and fairly honest image of Frida – I’m glad people like it.”
Like it? They loved it; News Taco’s Facebook page got about 8,000 hits and counting. So we wanted to know more and Toren, who has several Kahlo nudes on his website, answered some our questions via email:
What is it about Frida?
“I imagine I am excited and inspired by Frida for the same reasons as lots of folks – her amazing paintings, intellect, no-nonsense feminism, revolutionary sympathies, personal strength, etc., as well as her physical beauty and the physical challenges she struggled with – all that and more.”
How did you come up with that image?
“I was partially inspired
nude of Frida
that appeared a few years ago, from the waist up fixing her hair
– I was on vacation, with lots of time to do whatever came to
mind - I thought it would be fun to
complete that photo, and combined it with another shot of mine.
"A lot of people
think it's real, a lot can see the imperfections, and also
figure if it was real it would be known by now – and a lot know
it’s fake but like it anyway.
How did your website angrylambie.com come about?
“I was post-divorce and having a bad time of it, and bonded with this lamb – the rest is pretty much what you read on the site.”
Do you still work as a photographer?
“I used to be a photographer – got a degree in the ’80s, knew about lenses and worked in photo labs – but now I’m a picture taker, always have a point & shoot camera with me, and share pics with friends on Facebook, Flickr & Buzznet. Thanks for spreading the image.”