Francois Kollar Photomontage with Chess Pieces and Woman
Medium Silver print
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1946c Print Date 1946c
Dimensions 12-15/16 x 10 in. (330 x 255 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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About This Image
An amazing and important Kollar image. Stamped on verso "Interdit de reproduire sans mention Photo Kollar."
François Kollar was born in 1904 in Szenc, Slovakia.
Kollar moved to Paris in 1924 and in 1927 became the head of the Draeger Frères photographic studio. He was involved in the creation of 'La France Travaille', which included over 10,000 photographs of French workers. He also did commercial and fashion photography for prestigious clients including Chanel, Lanvin, Balenciaga, Balmain, Van Cleef and Arpels, Omega, Christofle, Hermès and Moët et Chandon. His work was published in Harper's Bazaar, l'Illustration, Vu, Voilá and later Plaisir de France magazines.
As described for a retrospective of his work at the Hungarian House of Photography in Mai Manó House in 2004, his photographs are "of a staid, rational man, halfway between the pure modernism of Bauhaus and humanist photography." His montages--many of which were solarized--were the result of considerable artistic research.
In 1951 he made a large series of images on the French territory in West Africa, and in the 1960s he photographed industrial and environmental subjects and the workers affected.
Kollar died in 1979 in Créteil, France.
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