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Frank Horvat - New York, Harper's Bazaar
Frank Horvat
New York, Harper's Bazaar
Archival Pigment Photograph
1961
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Signed and # 2/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Pour Harper’s Bazaar, Haute Couture Avec Deborah Dixon
Frank Horvat
Pour Harper’s Bazaar, Haute Couture Avec Deborah Dixon (Spaghetti Girl, Rome)
Archival Lambda Photograph
1962, printed 2015
31 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches
Signed, titled and dated verso. Signed and edition # 5/12 on recto.
Frank Horvat - Metro Exit - Monique Dutto, Jours de France, Paris
Frank Horvat
Metro Exit - Monique Dutto, Jours de France, Paris
Archival Pigment Photograph
1959, printed later
33 x 46 3/4 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 12) in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Jardin des Modes, Le Chien qui Fume
Frank Horvat
Jardin des Modes, Le Chien qui Fume
Archival Lambda Photograph
1957, printed 2015
Image: 29 1/2 x 19 1/2 inches, paper: 31 3/4 x 23 3/4 inches

Signed and editioned # 5/12 on recto. Signed, titled and dated on verso.

Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar, Rome (With "Il Giorno")
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar, Rome (With "Il Giorno")
Archival Pigment Photograph
1962, Printed Later
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Signed and numbered (edition of 30) on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.
Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar Collection, Iris Bianchi at Crazy Horse
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar Collection, Iris Bianchi at Crazy Horse, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, printed later
19 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Signed and # 14/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - For Stern, Shoe and Eiffel Tower (A), Paris
Frank Horvat
For Stern, Shoe and Eiffel Tower (A), Paris
Archival Lambda Photograph
1974, printed 2014
23 3/4 x 31 3/4 inches

Editioned 3/12 and signed on recto. Signed, titled, dated, location, print date, print location, medium on verso.

Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar, Rome Collections H (Debora Dixon in Profile)
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar, Rome Collections H (Debora Dixon in Profile)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed Later
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 6/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar, Rome Collections O (Debora Dixon in Trattoria)
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar, Rome Collections O (Debora Dixon in Trattoria)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed c. 2007
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 6/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Models Tan Simone in Subway, Paris
Frank Horvat
Models Tan & Simone in Subway, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1958, Printed Later
12 x 16 inches

Signed and # 4/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Gare Saint Lazare, Paris
Frank Horvat
Gare Saint Lazare, Paris
Archival Pigment Photograph
1959, Printed Later
46 3/4 X 33 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 1/12 in pencil on print verso.
Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar, Paris (Carol Lobravico)
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar, Paris (Carol Lobravico)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1962, Printed later
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Signed and # 4/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Cairo, Egypt
Frank Horvat
Cairo, Egypt
Archival Pigment Photograph
1962, Printed Later
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Signed and # 2/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.
Frank Horvat - Givenchy Hat A, For Jardin Des Modes, Paris
Frank Horvat
Givenchy Hat A, For Jardin Des Modes, Paris
Archival Pigment Photograph
1958, printed later
33 x 46 1/4 inches

Signed and editioned AP on recto. Signed, titled, dated and AP (Artist Proof) on verso.

Frank Horvat - Lingerie Ad for Chantelle
Frank Horvat
Lingerie Ad for Chantelle
Archival Pigment Photograph
1958, Printed 2010
23 1/4 x 16 1/2 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 30) on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso.

Frank Horvat - British Vogue A, Simone Daillancourt in Window
Frank Horvat
British Vogue A, Simone Daillancourt in Window
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1961, Printed Later
16 x 12 inches

Signed and # 6/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - British Vogue B, Simone D'Aillencourt
Frank Horvat
British Vogue B, Simone D'Aillencourt and Hardy Amies
Archival Pigment Photograph
1961, printed later
46 3/4 x 33 inches

Signed, titled ,dated and editioned # 3/12 in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - République area, Paris
Frank Horvat
République Area, Paris
Archival Pigment Photograph
1956, Printed Later
16 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed and # 3/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - London, Lambeth - Boxing Boys
Frank Horvat
London, Lambeth - Boxing Boys
Archival Pigment Photograph
1955, printed later
16 1/2 x 23 1/2 inches

Signed and # 3/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Brighton, England, Peeking Boys
Frank Horvat
Brighton, England, Peeking Boys
Archival Pigment Photograph
1955, printed later
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches

Signed and # 3/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Michel & Lorenzo in Field
Frank Horvat
Michel & Lorenzo in Field
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1959, Print made 2004
12 x 16 inches

Signed and # 18/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat - Patrizia (For Figaro Madame, Eiffel Tower)
Frank Horvat
Patrizia (For Figaro Madame, Eiffel Tower)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1986, printed 2014
44 x 51 1/4 inches

Editioned AP 3 and signed on recto. Signed, titled, dated, location, print date, print location, and medium on verso.

Frank Horvat - Harper's Bazaar Cover (Umbrella Color)
Frank Horvat
Harper's Bazaar Cover (Umbrella Color)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1967, printed 2012
46 3/4 x 33 inches
Signed, titled, dated and # 5/12 on print verso.
Frank Horvat - Glamour, Models in dresses in Central Park
Frank Horvat
Glamour, Models in dresses in Central Park
Archival Pigment Photograph
1958, Printed Later
31 3/4 x 46 3/4 inches

Editioned 6/12 and signed on recto. Signed, titled, dated and edition 6/12 on verso.

Frank Horvat - For L'Officiel (Evening Dress from Back)
Frank Horvat
For L'Officiel (Evening Dress from Back)
Archival Pigment Photograph
1989, printed later
23 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches
Signed and # 17/30 on recto. Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

Frank Horvat: Please Don't Smile

6/16/18 - 7/21/18

Frank Horvat came from a photojournalist background and shot fashion with a unique, fresh, and spontaneous style. When most fashion photographs were taken in very controlled environments with indoor settings, heavy equipment, slow film, and theatrical lighting, Frank Horvat rejected all of this and used daylight, a hand-held camera, and his shooting was more spontaneous and seldom scripted by art directors.

Frank Horvat was born in Italy in 1928. Although he began his career with the desire of becoming a writer, he started taking photographs at the age of fifteen with a 35mm Retinamat camera; He sold his stamp collection to buy his first camera. In 1947, he moved to Milan to study art and by 1950, he was already working for Italian fashion magazines. Horvat would subsequently travel to Paris where he would meet Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson; he would be coached by Cartier-Bresson in the importance of composition. Later, he would travel to Pakistan and India as a free-lance photographer, developing the dynamic reportage style he used in fashion that challenged the studio-based fashion shoots of the era.

Horvat's photography is also influenced by the French Humanists; in a post-war era that had seen long lasting tragedy and suffering, images that captured the simple and fortuitous joys of life became much more relevant and captivating. For Frank Horvat, this was possible through his explorations of the "miracles" in everyday life. The possibility of capturing these "miracles" as he refers to them, came through observation and chance:

"Photography is the art of not pushing the button… what I don't photograph kind of accumulates in me like a desire to photograph. So not pressing the button means, accumulating some energy or some desire, which is unspent, and which may come up next time." The philosophy behind his working methods focused on achieving a sincere approach to photography. Horvat's travels and upbringing inspired this yearning for a basic understanding of "truth" and a desire to create images using different languages; For Horvat, this is expressed through a variety of cameras, projects, and perspectives.

"I would say that the truth is a very important question to me. But truth in photography is just as elsewhere, it's not a mechanical truth. The truth is in fact, that the witness believes what he is witnessing [...] there's no machine to witness the truth."

The empathic quality of Horvat's photography speaks to the "truth" that he focuses on. Horvat's work, whether for fashion or the artist's personal projects, has a basis in capturing coincidental moments or the unpredictable, sharing a sense of the unforeseeable. The "miracles" caught in Horvat’s work add a credibility to his images that are thus universally understood. Horvat's images encourage the viewer to distinguish intuitively the genuine moments captured in the photographs, forgetting about time and place while focusing on the enduring beauty of the world.

Frank Horvat's fashion-based photography was a catalyst for change and a push away from classic, static photography to a more modern sensibility. So many great photographers who later shot fashion with a new freedom and energy due a great deal to Frank Horvat's innovative image making. Horvat's visionary aesthetic created a legacy of sophisticated images that became a standard for spontaneous, sensible photographs and a career that was unafraid of experimenting and adapting to new technologies, all spanning over 50 years in the making.