Frank Horvat, ‘Coco Chanel watching her show, Paris’, 1958, IFAC Arts

Frank Horvat was born in 1928 in what was then Italy and is now Croatia. He studied art in Milan and a meeting in 1951 with Henri Cartier-Bresson decided his fate as a photojournalist. He traveled the world in the early 50s and sent his work back to Paris Match, Life and Realities among other magazines. In 1956 he settled in Paris and began to photograph fashion with a reportage style: real life situations, ambient lighting and 35mm cameras.

During his long career, Frank Horvat has contributed to every major magazine and his work has been exhibited in Paris, London, Prague, Berlin and New York.

Series: Also available as an Archival Pigment Photograph Print made 2006 23 1/4 x 17 inches Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Signature: Signed

Private collection, New York

About Frank Horvat

Frank Horvat left an indelible mark on fashion photography, moving it outside of the studio. His work, which displays the photographer’s casual and photojournalistic eye, has been featured in Elle, Esquire, and Vogue, and he worked for the Magnum Agency from 1959 to 1961. In his 1958 photography series of strippers in New Orleans, he treats his subjects with the same sensitivity as the haute couture models of his fashion work. After abandoning his fashion photography career, Horvat adopted digital photography and turned to capturing domestic life. In more recent work he has photographed trees, rural scenes, and his family, in images that reveal the artist's keen eye for the beauty found in fleeting moments.

Italian, b. 1928, Croatia, based in Paris, France