Born in Italy in 1928, Frank Horvat began studying photography at the age of 15, when he traded his postage stamp collection for a 35 mm Retinamat camera. In his 20s, Horvat began studying art at the Accademia di Brera and working in advertising, soon becoming a magazine photographer for a variety of Italian magazines. In the late 1950s, Horvat’s fashion photography career began with the famous European fashion magazine Jardin des Modes.
Soon thereafter in 1961, Horvat began working for Harper’s Bazaar, creating a new “unmade” look with the models, replacing the “goddess” look that was previously popular. He also worked for Elle, Glamour, and Vogue, and became an associate photographer for Magnum. Horvat rolled with the times as fashion photography changed in the 1960s and 1970s; now the popular style that he captured was of a fun-loving, rock concert vibe, showcasing his subjects’ inhibitions.
Eventually, Horvat began freelancing for Life and Picture Post. In the 1970s, Horvat’s career deviated from fashion photography and focused on trees, townscapes, and sculptures. In 1989, Horvat began experimenting with digital imaging.
Horvat’s works can be found in his books, including: Time Machine (focusing on his trip around the world from 1962-1963); La Veronique (focusing on the landscape 50 yards around his home in Provence); andThe Horvat Labyrinth.
Horvat’s work was first exhibited in 1955, with one photograph in an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Since then, his work has been displayed around the world, including: Photographers Gallery (London), Zeit Gallery (Tokyo), Centre d’Art Centemporain, Montbéliard (France), Stadtmuseum, München (Germany), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Galleria Acta International (Rome, Italy), and Staley Wise Gallery (New York).
Horvat’s work is a part of the permanent collections of many art museums worldwide, including: Bibliothèque Nationale (Paris), Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Ludwig Museum (Koln, Germany), High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and Fundation Privada Vila Casas (Barcelona).
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