Anna Fárová

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Anna Fárová (1 June 1928 – 27 February 2010) was a Czech art historian who specialized and catalogued Czech and Czechoslovak photographers, including František Drtikol and Josef Sudek.[1] She was one of the pioneers of writing on history of photography. Her publishing activities helped to establish photography as an art discipline within the country.

Biography[edit]

Fárová was born in 1928 in Paris, France, to a Czech diplomat, Miloš Šafránek, and a French professor, Anne Moussu.[2] She spent a part of her early childhood in Paris, the family moved to Plzeň, Czechoslovakia only in the middle of the 1930s.[3] Following her studies at the French gymnasium in Prague she continued studying art history and aesthetics at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Prague.[4][5] In 1952, she married Czech artist Libor Fára.[6] In 1956, her father arranged a meeting with photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.[1][7] The meeting heavily influenced her career.[1] She began working with Cartier-Bresson's Magnum Photos agency and published a series of monographs in the Czech publishing house Odeon.[1]

She held a number of photo exhibitions across Prague. However, the Communist era Czechoslovak government banned Fárová from working in the country after she became a signatory of the Charter 77 manifesto in the 1970s.[1] Much of her work was published outside of Czechoslovakia during the 1980s, before the Velvet Revolution and fall of communism.[1]

Anna Fárová died of a "serious illness" on 27 February 2010, at the age of 81.[1][2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Art historian Fárová dies". Czech News Agency. Prague Daily Monitor. 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  2. ^ a b Richter, Jan (2010-03-02). "Art historian Anna Fárová dies at 81". Radio Prague. Retrieved 2010-03-02. 
  3. ^ Fárová (2010), p. 19
  4. ^ "Zemřela kunsthistorička Anna Fárová, která žila pro fotografii" (in Czech). Mladá fronta DNES. 2010-03-01. Archived from the original on 2 March 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 
  5. ^ Fárová began her studies at the Charles University in 1948. (Fárová (2010), p.40)
  6. ^ Fárová (2010), p. 58
  7. ^ "Zemřela historička fotografie Anna Fárová" (in Czech). Novinky.cz. 2010-03-01. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

References[edit]

  • Fárová, Anna (2010). Stoilov, Viktor, ed. A pásly by se tam ovce... (in Czech). Prague: Torst. ISBN 978-80-7215-387-9. 

Literature[edit]

  • Stoilov, Viktor (ed.) (2009). Anna Fárová - Dvě tváře (in Czech). Prague: Torst. ISBN 978-80-7215-369-5. 

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