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Un moment d’une femme Frank Horvat Photo Exhibition

Quai du Louvre, couple, 1955, Paris, France © Frank Horvat

Quai du Louvre, couple,
1955, Paris, France
© Frank Horvat

Dancing couple, 1963, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil © Frank Horvat

Dancing couple,
1963, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
© Frank Horvat

For “STERN”, shoes and Eiffel Tower, 1974, Paris, France © Frank Horvat

For “STERN”, shoes and Eiffel Tower,
1974, Paris, France
© Frank Horvat

Walnut tree, 1976, Dordogne, France © Frank Horvat

Walnut tree,
1976, Dordogne, France
© Frank Horvat

From the series

From the series "Very Similar",
Claude, 1984
© Frank Horvat

2018.1.17 WED - 2.18 SUN

12:00 - 20:00 Open daily / Free admission

INTRODUCTION

CHANEL NEXUS HALL will open this season with the exhibition “Un moment d’une femme” by the renowned photographer Frank Horvat. This exhibition will be the first full-scale, solo exhibition of his work in Japan; focusing mainly on “women” it will include many of his representative works particularly in fashion, together with his early journalistic works and private projects.
 
Inspired by photojournalism, Horvat became active as a photographer in the 1940's, his approach expressing a humanist perspective. He travelled around the world, visiting Pakistan, India and England and submitting photo essays to Paris Match and Picture Post. His photographs were also selected for the legendary exhibition ‘The Family of Man’ at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1955.
 
Returning to Paris in 1954, Horvat was beguiled by the city of fashion and the women it dressed. Concentrating on fashion-related work, he introduced a reportage touch to the field, capturing the unexpected, or strange juxtapositions of the models and the un-intentional participants who just happened to be there. Capturing women in camera fascinated him. No longer was the photo story only about the clothes but about the women, un-guarded and subtly seductive. This resulted in Horvat becoming one of the most influential fashion photographers in the world and his achievements can be seen in his photo-book, Frank Horvat: Please don't smile (Hatje Cantz 2015).
 
In addition to the fashion assignments, Horvat also worked on personal photographic projects, publishing books on portraits, street photography, landscapes and sculpture. His wide-ranging accomplishments can be seen in the retrospective photo-book, entitled house with fifteen keys (Terre Bleue), that was published in 2013 to accompany exhibitions of the same title in Seravezza (Italy, 2014), Nice (France, 2014) and Berlin (Germany, 2015).
 
Frank Horvat will be celebrating his 90th birthday in 2018 and in this exhibition we will present not just his well-known, iconic fashion photographs but also images recalling the singular moments in his eventful life, past and present.

ARTISTS

Frank Horvat

Photographer. Born on April 28, 1928, in Opatija (then Italy, now Croatia), Frank Horvat currently lives and works in France. He is best known for his fashion photography, published between the mid 1950s and late 1980s. His artistic oeuvre also includes portrait, landscape and nature photography, photojournalism and sculpture. He has traveled extensively and is fluent in four languages. In the end of 1980s, he produced a major book of interviews with such fellow photographers as Édouard Boubat, Robert Doisneau, Sarah Moon, Don McCullin, Helmut Newton, and Marc Riboud. In the early 1990s, Horvat was one of the first to experiment with digital photography. In 2011, he published his first iPad app, Horvatland. He is the father of five children and grandfather of ten grandchildren.

INFORMATION

Travelling exhibition

The exhibition will be held in Kyoto as part of the Kyotographie international photography festival exhibition in April 2018.