Frank Horvat


1928

Born on April 28th, 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 : “PORTRAITS OF TREES”, “VERY SIMILAR”, “NEW YORK UP AND DOWN”, “GOETHE’S JOURNEY TO SICILY”.

1986 – 1987

Worked 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”, “MYTHOLOGIES”, “WALKS AROUND BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT”, “HISTORY OF FASHION AT MUSÉE GALLIERA”, “ROMANESQUE SCULPTURES”.

1998

First website: HORVATLAND.

1999

Working on “1999, A DAILY REPORT”.

2000

Film FRANK HORVAT, 1999, on ARTE.

2003 – 2004

Photographs of “LA VERONIQUE”: 50 yards around my house in Provence.

2005

Photographs of the “SCULPTURES BY ROBERT COUTURIER”, for his exhibition at the 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.
“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 (illustrations to the erotic poems by Zorzi Baffo, a venitian aristocrat of the 18th century)
  • 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 Horvat’s studio in Boulogne-Billancourt.

2010

Began working on HORVATLAND, A TRIP THROUGH A MIND, to my knowledge the first iPad application about photography entirely conceived by the author of the photographs.

Award of PREMIO DEL CENTENARIO, by La Fondazione del Centenario, Lugano, Switzerland.

2011

Publication of the iPad application HORVATLAND.
Award for a photographic career by CRAF, Spilimbergo, Italy.

2012

Began working on a video project : EPPUR SI MUOVE (or MOVING STILLS).
Began working on a retrospective exhibition : THE HOUSE WITH 15 KEYS.

2014

Began working on an application : EYE AT THE FINGERTIPS.
Maillol’s project.