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Last shown 13th September - 26th October 2002

(b.Italy 1928)

"Unencumbered by commonplace artistic straitjackets, unafraid to experiment … steadfast in his commitment to forge spirit, form, composition and light into powerful narratives, transcending the confines of photographic borders"

Eelco Wolf, FiftyOne Photographs in Black & White, 1998

You can read more about Frank Horvat below, or go straight to the image gallery.

To find out more about this artist or arrange to view the works in person please contact katestevens@hackelbury.co.uk

Frank Horvat was born in Abbazia (then Italy, now Croatia) in 1928. He studied drawing at the Academia de Brera in Milan and started working in photography in the 1940’s. He became a freelance photographer and his first photographic essay was published by the Italian magazine, Epoca, in 1951.

In the early 1950’s Horvat traveled extensively in India working as a photojournalist for Black Star, an American picture agency. In the late 1950’s, having settled in Paris, he joined the international Photo Agency, Magnum for a short period of time.

Horvat pioneered the use of 35mm and reportage techniques in high fashion glossy publications, causing a sensation among fashion and style mongers of the age. Taken in the streets, his images combined realism and artifice, and won him immediate success. His photographs have appeared in Life, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Jardin des Modes, Glamour and Esquire amongst others.

Horvat has shown his work throughout the world including public exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre, Paris; MOMA, New York and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

“Frank Horvat in person” was Horvat’s second exhibition at HackelBury Fine Art, shown from September 13th until October 26th, 2002. It was based on his book “Fifty one photographs in black and white”: fifty-one images taken on different continents between 1950 and 1986, which are in Frank’s own words, “his winners”. Many come from his fashion assignments, others were taken spontaneously. Whether it was shot as part of a series or as a singular image, each photograph offers a story for us to read and explor

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Fonds National d'Art Contemporain; Ministère de la Culture, Paris; Musée de Nantes (France); Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas, France Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA; Eastman House, Rochester, NY; Ludwig Museum, Köln, Germany; Kunstbibliothek, Berlin; Musée Carnavalet, Paris; Musée Galliera, Paris; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA; Fundation Privada Vila Casas, Barcelona.

Selected Exhibitions
2003 Fahey-Klein Gallery, Los Angeles;
Maison de la Photographie, Toulon, France
2002 Hackelbury Fine Arts, London
Fundation Vila Casas, Barcelona, Spain
Janos Gat Gallery, New York
Staley Wise Gallery, New York
Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris
Fifty-one Fine Art Photography, Antwerpen
2000 Jane Jackson Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA
Stadtgalerie, Kiel, Germany
Musée Régional des Centovalli, Intragna, Suisse
Musée Maillol, Paris
1999 Hackelbury Fine Arts, London
Casa di Goethe, Rome.
1998 Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Paris
Institut Français, Valence.
1997 Institut Français, Prag, Czech Republic
Institut Français, Bratislava, Slovakia
Staley-Wise Gallery, New York.
1996 Musée Carnavalet, Paris
1995 Hamiltons, London
Staley Wise, New York
Carla Sozzani, Milano
Agathe Gaillard, Paris.
1994 Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland.
1993 Centre National de la Photographie, Paris.
1992 Centre National de la Photographie, Paris.
1991 Vision Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Galerie du Chateau d'Eau, Toulouse, France.
1990 French Institute, New York.
Folio Gallery, Calgary, Canada.
1989 Prinz Gallery, Kyoto, Japan
Comptoir de la Photographie, Paris
Festival de la Photographie de Mode, Trouville, France.
1988 Centre Culturel Français, Prag, Czechoslovakia.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.
Bell Commons Space, Tokyo.
1987 Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas, France.
1986 Galleria Novecento, Palermo, Italy
Centre Culturel, Verrières, France.
1984 Centre Culturel, Toulon, France
ander Gallery, New York
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Berlin-Neukölln, Germany.
1983 Centre Pompidou, Paris.
1982 National Museum, Malta; Centre Pompidou, Paris.
1981 Galerie Mamya, Paris
Galleria Novecento, Palermo, Italy; Zeit Gallery, Tokyo.
1980 Photographers Gallery, London.
1979 ICP New York.
1978 Photographers Gallery, London.
1977 Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Nantes, France.
1955 FAMILY OF MAN, MOMA, New York


If you enjoy the work of Frank Horvat, you should also take a look at classic French masters Henri Cartier Bresson & Willy Ronis.


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