Life and work
He was born in Nové Zámky, Czechoslovakia, to parents of Hungarian descent. After his closing exams in 1967, instead of joining the armed forces for duty, he emigrated via Yugoslavia and Italy to the United States where he made a living as a hairdresser and makeup artist. Later on, he worked as an assistant for photographers (Horst P. Horst, Marco Glaviano or Leo Castelli).
Since 1995 he lives in Prague, where in 1996-2003 he worked as artistic director of the Czech edition of the Elle magazine, and then in 2009-2014 as creative director at Czechoslovak Models. Since then he has worked as a freelance photographer.
Robert Vano is primarily a fashion and commercial photographer. Photographs in black-and-white portraits and nudes on classic film and also now little-used technique of platinotype. He works with global brands, leading workshops "Daylight Nude". He prefers photographing in daylight.
In 2010 he was awarded the European Trebbia award for creative activities. He became famous among other things, photographing male nudes. He always liked the photos of an American photographer Bruce Weber.
|“||I have had admired many masters that there is no way to list all of them ... starting with photographs of Nadar and ending with Sarah Moon ...||”|
|— Robert Vano, https://www.fotoskoda.cz/robert-vano-the-platinum-collection-96699/|
Vano's largest exhibition called "The Platinum Collection", referencing his signature technique, took place in Prague's Mánes venue in 2009.
- VANO, Robert. Love You from Prague. Praha : Radost, 1991. ISBN 80-85189-09-7.
- VANO, Robert. Boys and roses. Praha : Scarabeus, 1992. ISBN 9788085901139.
- VANO, Robert. Kuchařka pro kluky. Brno: Computer Press, 2010. ISBN 978-80251-3131-2.
- VANO, Robert. Platinová kolekce. České Budějovice : Karmášek, 2009. ISBN 9788087101131.
- VANO, Robert. Robert VANO. Praha: Artfoto 2010. ISBN 978-80-86085-93-7.
- VANO, Robert. Fotka nemusí být ostrá. Praha : Slovart, 2015. ISBN 978-80-7529-107-3.
- VANO, Robert. Memories. Praha: Slovart, 2016. ISBN 978-80-7529-265-0
- HRBEK, David. VANO, Robert. Někdy ráj. Praha : XYZ, 2008. ISBN 978-80-87021-45-3.
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