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Galerie Hiltawsky, Berlin : private view with Frank Horvat - Images of the 50s and 60s

On 30 April, Christian Hiltawsky will open his new gallery space, in the heart of Berlin Mitte, with photographs by Frank Horvat (*1928), who played an important role in the history of fashion photography. The gallerist has already proven his knowledge of photography art with many years of experience as the head of the aplanat galerie für fotografie in Hamburg.

After graduating in art from the Accademia di Brera in Milan, and following several attempts as a graphic designer, Frank Horvat photographed his first reportage and met the two photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa in Paris, 1951. In 1959 he joined the Magnum agency for three years.

He worked as a freelance photographer for magazines including Picture Post, Paris Match and Life, then in 1958 he received his first fashion commission from Elle. Fir the next twenty years he worked for the world’s most popular women’s magazines, however he steered clear of short lived trends.

Much influenced by reportage photography, which remained his second income for the rest of his life, his fashion images were also shaped and inspired by reportage’s unpretentious, journalistic aesthetics – which was quite revolutionary for the time. He captured elegance by taking the models to the streets. He would place mannequins between children at play on a working class housing estate in England, or position them against the uniform grey backdrop of passengers at a New York metro station.

The private view is on 30 April from 7pm onwards. Dr. Matthias Harder, Curator of the Helmut Newton Trust, will be giving a talk, attended by the photographer himself. On 1 May at 7pm, there will be a reading and slide show, by Ingrid Mylo and Frank Horvat to introduce the "Masken und Mandarinen" (masks and mandarins) book project.

Frank Horvat - Images of the 50s and 60s
1 May – 13 June 2009

Galerie Hiltawsky
Tucholskystraße 41, 10117 Berlin