Preview: Please Don’t Smile, Frank Horvat, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Shoes and Eiffel Tower (a), For Stern Magazine, Paris, France, 1974, Frank Horvat

Fans of the sartorial sort of lens should head to Fahey/Klein’s exhibition, featuring the work of fashion photographer Frank Horvat.

The Fahey/Klein gallery is pleased to present, PLEASE DON’T SMILE, an exhibition of work by photographer Frank Horvat. The exhibition takes its title from Horvat’s recently published retrospective monograph (Hatje Kanz 2015), which documents Horvat’s extensive oeuvre, with a focus on his revolutionary approach to fashion photography. The sensibility of a photojournalist combined with his “refined visual humor”, set Horvat and his sartorial images apart from those of his colleagues.
Horvat took his models out of the studio and onto the street, removing the make-up and staging typically used for photoshoots. A photographer with an approach and a style ahead of his time, Horvat explains, “My photographs got published, because ready-to-wear fashion needed more realistic photography, and because the editors-in-chief knew it”. In turn, Horvat’s images helped redefine the role of modern women in society, showing the world a woman “with both feet in life, a true counterpart”.
Laurent Rouvrais, Horvat’s assistant in the 1970s and 1980s describes Horvat’s process, “He wanted them [his models] to find their own attitudes, and when he was pleased with what they found, he would only suggest some small variation, for instance in the way they held their neck, their shoulders, or their fingers. What he wanted them to find by themselves was what he called a presence. As a result the girls in his photographs never looked dumb”
The exhibition runs from May 19th to July 9th, 2016.
For More Information: Fahey/Klein Gallery

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