Frank Horvat, the first genius of digital photography

March 09, 2021 at 06:49 p.m.

 

Throughout his 75-year career, Frank Horvat took thousands of photos with at least a dozen different techniques, including the use of Photoshop.

For the photographer Frank Horvat there were no impossibilities and that he demonstrated throughout more than seven decades of experience by reinventing himself over and over again.

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Horvart, no matter how busy and sought after he was, always made time to experiment and change the rules of the game., which earned him a solid reputation as a photojournalist and fashion photographer.

The French nationalized Croatian artist began to take pictures At 17 years old for the advice that a friend gave him since he wanted to meet girls, but he did not know how.

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This friend told Horvat to buy a camera so that he could approach whoever he was interested in on the pretext of taking a picture of him and it didn't take him long to acquire his first camera, a 35-millimeter Retinamat, to put the plan in motion.

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According to what Horvat himself wrote on his website, that plan completely failed since he did not meet any girl, but what did turn out was that he learned, and very well, about the composition of the images.

At that moment the career of a lens genius began and there would be no one to stop him.

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Years later, in 1951 he met Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, which was a crucial moment in his life as this encouraged him to become a photojournalist.

Horvart decided to travel the world with his camera and capture images that spoke to themselves, so magazines such as Life, Paris Match and Realities published his work.

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In the 60s, thanks to his collaborations with photos Fashion in the most influential magazines in the industry, such as Vogue, Elle, Harpers Bazzaar, Glamor and Revue, among others, was that he achieved his greatest fame.

His images were different since he approached each editorial as if it were a report, so he used to simulate various real-life situations and tried to use only ambient light.

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After many years of working for the fashion industry, in the 80s, he finally got tired of it and started doing his biggest experiments, which included using Photoshop as he needed to make up for the lack of skills he lost. in said decade by the passing of the years.

In 1983 he began to lose sight in his left eye, which was the one he focused with, but he was able to train his right eye to continue working.

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Horvart suffered a heart attack in 1994, which impacted the way he worked.

A genius of his stature would not give up so easily so in digital tools he found a new way of working and continuing to experiment as he never stopped taking photos, even in the last months of his life, at 92 years of age.

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