Call for Entries - All About Photo Awards 2020

Francis Haar

Hungarian Photographer | Born: 1908 - Died: 1997

Francis Haar born as Haár Ferenc was a Hungarian socio-photographer. He studied interior architecture at Hungarian Royal National School of Arts and Crafts between 1924 and 1927. His master was Gyula Kaesz.He started working as an interior architect and poster designer in 1928, and taught himself photography.

In 1930 he became acquainted with Munka-kör (Work Circle) led by socialist avant-garde poet and visual artist Lajos Kassák, who just returned from Vienna. Kassák pointed out that the photography is more than the painting and can access to such part of reality that cannot be accessed by painters. Kassák's motto was photography is the real child of our age not the painting. That was a life long inspiration to Francis. He became an active and leading member of the Munka Kör, his partners in socio-photography were among others Sándor Gönci, Árpád Szélpál and Lajos Lengyel, who later became renowned graphic artist and book designer.

The first socio photo exhibition ever in Hungary was held in 1932, which brought the first success to Francis. His first photo studio was opened in Budapest in 1934. Some of his photos were exhibited at the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne in 1937, so Francis Haar decided to move to Paris where he established himself as a portrait photographer. However in 1939 he was invited by Hiroshi Kawazoe to Japan and the International Cultural Society of Japan (Kokusai Bunka Shinkokai) officially arranged his trip. With help of Japanese friends he opened and operated his photo studio in Tokyo between 1940 and 42.

The Haar family was evacuated to Karuizawa in 1943 and they spent 3 years there. He became the photographer of Yank, the Army Weekly magazine of the U.S. occupation forces in Japan, and subsequently filmmaker with U.S. Public Health and Welfare Section (1946-48). Again his Tokyo photo studio was opened in 1946 and was in active business until 1956. His wife Irene opened the famous restaurant Irene's Hungaria in Ginza, downtown Tokyo, which was frequented by celebrities, intellectuals, army men and sports people from all over the world besides the Japanese. Accepting a challenge he moved and worked as photographer for the Container Corporation of America, Chicago from 1956 until 1959.

He returned to Tokyo and operated his photo studio again for a year. 1960 brought a great decision and the Haars moved to Hawai'i and Francis started his photo studio there. He taught photography at the University of Hawai'i between 1965 and 1985. He became the production photographer for the Kennedy Theater, the University of Hawai'i Drama Department. Francis Haar died at the age of 89 in Honolulu.

Source: Wikipedia

Francis Haar: A Lifetime of Images
Author: Francis Haar, Tom Haar
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Year: 2001 - Pages: 149
Francis Haar [1908-1997] practiced his art of photography and filmmaking in three distinctly different worlds. He started his first studio in his native Budapest; later he moved to Paris and from there he was invited to Japan. After twenty years working in the Orient -- interrupted by three years of activity in Chicago -- he settled in Honolulu in 1960. He brought with him from these previous experiences priceless riches and memories, reflected in all of his contemporary work.

He emerged from the same artistic and cultural milieu which nurtured Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Gyorgy Kepes, with whom he enjoyed a personal and artistic friendship. As with so many Hungarians, he became fluent and expert in the 'Language of Vision' and enthralled with the 'Vision of Motion.' When expressing himself verbally, his Hungarian accent is unmitigated, but when speaking visually, in photography or in cinematography, his message resonates with overtones from Japan and reverberates with the cosmopolitan sophistication of European and American big-city environments. Like other sensitive and receptive newcomers to Hawai'i, he became deeply attracted to the study of Hawaiian culture.
 
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
 
A Better Way to Learn Photoshop, Lightroom & Photography
Sponsored Link

More Great Photographers To Discover

Mauricio Alejo
Nationality: Mexican
Born: 1969
Mauricio Alejo was born in Mexico City in 1969. He earned his Master of Art from New York University in 2002, as a Fulbright Grant recipient. In 2007, he was a resident artist at NUS Centre for the Arts in Singapore. He has received multiple awards and grants, including the New York Foundation for the Arts grant in 2008. His work is part of important collections such as Daros Latinoamérica Collection in Zürich . His work has been reviewed in important journals, (…)
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
Mauricio Alejo
 
Rebecca Moseman
Nationality: American
Born: 1975

Virginia native Rebecca Moseman received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1997 and her Master of Fine Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001. She has worked in academia, private industry, and Government as an instructor, consultant, and graphic designer and does freelance work in photography and publishing. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and abroad and has been featured in Resource, DodHo, SHOTS, P3 Publico, (…)
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
Rebecca Moseman
 
 Nadar
Nationality: French
Born: 1820 - Died: 1910

Nadar was the pseudonym of Gaspard-Félix Tournachon. Nadar was born in April 1820 in Paris (though some sources state Lyon). He was a caricaturist for Le Charivari in 1848. In 1849 he created the Revue comique and the Petit journal pour rire. He took his first photographs in 1853 and in 1858 became the first person to take aerial photographs. He also pioneered the use of artificial lighting in photography, working in the catacombs of Paris. Around 1863, Nadar built a (…)
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 Nadar
 
Andreas Gursky
Nationality: German
Born: 1955
German photographer. Shortly after Gursky was born, his family relocated to Essen, and then to Düsseldorf, West Germany in 1957. Gursky’s parents ran a commercial photography studio, but Gursky had no plans to join the business. He attended the Folkwangschule in Essen (1978-80) with a concentration in visual communication and the goal of becoming a photojournalist, but was unsuccessful with finding work. Encouraged by fellow photographer Thomas Struth, Gursky entered the (…)
 
Lucien Chauffard
Nationality: French
Born: 1906 - Died: 1982
Lucien Chauffard graphic designer, painter and photographer, was hired by the Renault factories, where he worked as a photographer. Then, head of the photo service, Lucien hired in April 1934 his friend Robert Doisneau at the time a beginner, the latter will learn and gain confidence thanks to him, but he will then be fired in 1936 because of repetitive delays. The two friends will collaborate in the 50s, on commercials for Simca, don the logo Hirondelle will be drawn by (…)
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
Lucien Chauffard
 
Jodi Bieber
Nationality: South African
Born: 1967
Jodi Bieber, is a documentary photographer from South Africa. She studied photography at the Market Theatre photographic workshop and attended the World Press Masterclass in 1996. Between 1994 and 2004 she worked on a project that focused on youth living on the fringes of South African society. These images were assembled in the book entitled Dogs and Wolves - Growing up with South Africa. In 2010 she released her second monograph; Soweto. When thinking of Soweto one often (…)
 
Fan Ho
Nationality: Chinese
Born: 1931 - Died: 2016
From Modernbook Gallery:
Award-wining photographer Fan Ho has won 280 awards from international exhibitions and competitions worldwide since 1956. Ho has been elected Fellow of the Photographic Society of America, Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, England; Honorary Member of the Photographic Societies of Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore and etc, and was honored with One-Man-Shows in the (…)
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
Fan Ho
 
Beth Moon
Nationality: American
Born: 1956

San Francisco Bay Area artist, Beth Moon, has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Since 1999, Moon’s work has appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the Fox (…)
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon
 
Alamsyah Rauf
Nationality: Indonesian
Born: 1982
Alamsyah Rauf was born in a small district in south sulawesi precisely in Kab.Sinjai, maybe that's why this photographer is less known among photographers in Indonesia but his work has won dozens of world-class photo contest.
After graduating high school, this man married in 2001 on the will of his parents, this makes him unable to continue college. After married Alamsyah worked in his parents' photo studio.
Alamsyah Learning DSLR cameras just look at the camera (…)
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
Alamsyah Rauf
 
Laurent Chehere
Nationality: French
This Parisian by birth is a former award-winning advertising for his campaign Road Safety. Audi or Nike. One day he decides to leave the advertising to go around the world. Upon his return he chose to live his two passions, travel and photography. From Shanghai to Valparaiso, frome Srinagar to Ushuais, from La Paz to Lhasa, from Bamako to Bogota. He will feed his imagination and give us his view of the world and others. He loves exploring the cities, suburbs, country, (…)
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
Laurent Chehere
 
Photo LA
Sponsored Link
Join our newsletter
Be up-to-date with call for entries, deadlines and other news about exhibitions, galleries, publications, & special events
 
Photo Contest - All About Photo Awards 2020
 
Discover the 7th Issue of AAP Magazine
All About Photo Magazine showcases the winners of AAP Magazine Competitions
 
 
 
David Bailey: SUMO
Sponsored Link
 
Explore All About Photo