Frank Horvat Catalogue
Frank Horvat
Short%20Autobiography
1928
Born on April 28, in Abbazia, Italy (now Opatija, Croatia).
My parents, Karl and Adele Edelstein, were both medical doctors, though my mother was to become a psychoanalyst.
 
1939-1945
Lived in Lugano, Switzerland. When I was fifteen, I swapped my postage stamp collection against a 35 mm Retinamat camera.
 
1947-1950
Moved to Milano, Italy. I first studied art, at the Accademia di Brera, then worked in an advertising firm, then purchased a Rolleicord camera and freelanced for Italian magazines.
 
1950
First trip to Paris, where I met Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.
 
1952-1953
Trip to Pakistan and India, as free-lance photographer.
 
1954-1955
Moved to London, working mainly for Life and Picture Post.
 
1955
Moved to Paris, where I still live.
 
1957-1962
Became a fashion photographer, traveling between Paris, London and New York, working for Jardin des Modes, Elle, Glamour, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, etc.
Between 1958 and 1961 I was part of Magnum as an associate photographer.
 
1962-1963
Work on two books: Strip-Tease and Television.
Trip around the world, for the German magazine Revue.
 
1964-1988
Fashion and advertising photography in Europe and the USA.
 
1976-1986
Personal projects in colour: "Portraits of Trees", "Very Similar", "New York Up and Down".
 
1986-1987
Work on "Entre Vues": interviews with famous photographers, published in French by Nathan, Paris, in 1988.
 
1989
Began experimenting with digital imaging.
 
1990-1998
Working mainly on projects for books: "Sculptures by Degas", "Bestiarium", "Chimerae", "Ovid's Metamorphoses", "Walks Around Boulogne-Billancourt", "History of Fashion at Musée Galliera", "Romanesque Sculptures".
 
1999
Work on "1999, A Daily Report".
 
2000
Film "Frank Horvat, 1999", on Arte.
 
2001
Work on "Homage to Catalonia".
 
2003-2004
Photographs of "La Veronique": 50 yards around my house in Provence.
 
2005
Photographs of the "Sculptures by Robert Couturier", for an exhibition at Musée Maillol, Paris.
 
2006
Retrospective exhibition at Espace Landowski, Boulogne-Billancourt, France.
 
2007
Beginning of project "An Eye at the Fingertips".
 
2008
Retrospective exhibition "Ways of an Eye", at Villa Tamaris, La Seyne, Var, France.
Work on "De Bocche-Tette-Culi-Cazzi-E-Mone" (illustrations to erotic poems by Zorzi Baffo, a venitian aristocrat of the 18th century).
 
2009
Publication, under the name of Only For Few, of a series of small books reserved for collectors, printed individually at the author's cost: - "Adele Edelstein" (or Book about My Mother) - "Dr. Karl Horvat" (or Book about My Father) - "De Bocche-Tette-Culi-Cazzi-E-Mone" - "New York Up and Down" (with a text by Franz Kafka) - "Masken und Mandarinen" (with texts by the German poetess Ingrid Mylo) - "Vraies Semblances" (with love poems in 8 different languages).
 
Creation of a stage play, in collaboration with Hélène Busnel, François Hatt and Roberte Léger: "Ai-je embrassé Nietzsche sur le Monte Sacro? (Did I Kiss Nietzsche on the Monte Sacro?)", performed at my studio in Boulogne-Billancourt.
 
First exhibition of "De Bocche-Tette-Culi-Cazzi-E-Mone", at Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris.
 
2010
Award: Premio della Fondazione del Centenario, Lugano, Switzerland.
 
2011
Award: CRAF, Spilimbergo, Italy.
Award: International Award of Photography, Rovinj, Croatia.
Working on "Promenade à Carrare", digital photomontages.
Creation, in collaboration with Viviana Rossi, of "Horvatland – A trip through a mind", an application for the iPad.
Photography of "Look Ma! No Hands!"
 
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