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.


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]


  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). 2010-03-01. Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 


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


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

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