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Frank Horvat
Contemporary Photography

8th April - 10th June
Opening 10am - 4pm
Monday to Saturday

Frank Horvat is best descibed for his spontaneity, trust, empathy and diversity. His photography is considerably more complex than a cursory glance could reveal. He is a visionary who has been photographing for almost fifty years, enencumbered by commonplace artistic straight jackets, unafraid to experiment to embrace new technologies steadfast in his commitment to forge spirit, for composition and light into powerful narratives, transcending the confines of photographic borders.

Frank Horvat was born in 1928 in Abbazia what was then Italy and is now in Croatia. He studied drawing at the Breer Academy in Milan. At the age of 15 he swapped a stamp collection for a 35mm camera and started his career as a Photojournalist. His first essay was published by the Italian Magazine Epoca in 1951.

He travelled the world in the early fifties and sent his work back to Paris Match, Life and Realities amongst other magazines.

In 1951 Horvat moved to London and working mainly for Life and Picture Post was first to apply the 35mm camera and reportage techniques to fashion photography, creating a fresh new realistic style which was to influence the development of fashion photography in England, France and the United States.

In 1956 he settled in Paris and began to photography fashion with a reportage style: real life situations, ambient lighting and 35mm cameras.

Between 1958 and 1961 Horvat was part of Magnum as an associate photographer but has continued to work and develop in the ever-changing world of photography.

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