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THEN AND NOW: Two photo exhibitions opening during Berlin Fashion Week cast an eye on fashion’s varied visual language: “Frank Horvat: Fashion” and “I Am Swed (ish).” Yet despite the 40-plus years that separate the work on show of the now-85-year-old Horvat and that of the students of Sweden’s Tillskärarakademi fashion academy and the photography master class of Stockholm’s Kulturama arts school, there are also similarities. Visitors may well be left wondering if fashion photography, like fashion itself, is on a nonstop revolving track of revived trends.
Born in what was Italy and is now Croatia, Horvat’s nearly 70-year career stylishly merges reportage and fashion photography, among other genres. As he put it, “I had the time to play many different games.” A world traveler whose photojournalistic work was published by the likes of Life and Paris Match, he settled in Paris in 1956. There, using his favored tools of the trade — a 35-mm. camera and ambient lighting — he brought a fresh touch of realism to the field of fashion photography. But as the 20 works from the Fifties through the Seventies on view at Galerie Hiltawsky illustrate, he was equally intrigued by well-composed artifice.
There are also 20 works to be seen at Swedish Photography’s show of photo and fashion student collaborations, which also span pictorial styles. The project was mentored by stylist and set designer Catherine Vaindorf and photographer Misha Pedan, who helped pilot a new Soviet photo art movement in the Eighties.
Frank Horvat: Fashion
Opening Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
41 Tucholskystrasse, 10117 Mitte
“I Am Swed (ish)”
Opening Jan. 16, 7 p.m.
62 Karl-Marx-Allee, 10243 Friedrichshain
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