A tour of early 20th-century Mexico City through the photographer's lens, in the collection of the Fototeca Nacional (National Photographic Library).
On June 12, 1894, in the presence of a public notary, he presented his application for naturalization to the Mexico City Council. He expressed his wish to remain in the country permanently, "because of feelings of affection and attachment to this country […] and wishing, in addition, to enjoy the rights of a Mexican citizen." He added that, almost a year previously, he had entered into "marriage with a young Mexican lady," which was certified by a document held in Mexico City's Historical Archive.
In addition, his photography had an aesthetic element to it that, unlike 19th-century pictorialism, was uncluttered, clean, and precise, allowing the viewer to observe the magnitude of the building, even down to its smallest details. This has positioned Guillermo Kahlo as one of Mexico's most significant architectural photographers of all time.
Curator and text: Mayra Mendoza