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Anna Fárová

Anna Fárová (June 1, 1928 – February 27, 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 February 27, 2010, at the age of 81.[1][2]



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External links

  • Anna Fárová: a life in photography (Czech Radio)
  • Anna Fárová (Gallery Langhans)
  • Anna Fárová Multimedia

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