Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Frank Horvat

Posted in Beaux Arts by Suzanne G. on May 24th, 2004 | BBC Wikipedia

© Frank Horvat
"Vraies semblances" series, 1980 - 86
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"... Unlike Cartier-Bresson, who always carries his Leica and seems able to shoot anywhere, any time, I cannot take a photograph without first preparing it in my mind. This may only take a few minutes; but in some cases (as with my essay on New York) it took several years. During this time I look at my subject (or I imagine it if it's out of reach), and I try to decide which of its aspects I want to show and which technique will suit it best. I don't mean to say that I actually imagine a photograph - like Joel Peter Witkin, who even makes previous sketches. It's more as if I was preparing a matrix, or a mould, or a list of all the things I don't want to see in my photograph, of all the possible reasons for not pushing the button. And only when this mould is ready, I feel able put my eye to the viewfinder..."

(Frank Horvat interviewed by Alexandra Bensaïd)

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