Before he became a photographer at 24 François Kollar (born Senec, Slovakia, 1904 (formerly Szenc, Hungary); died Creteil, Paris, 1979) worked for the railways and at the Renault factories in Boulogne-Billancourt. His pictures of industry, both heavy and light (although the fashion industry’s gossamer touch is part of the illusion of glorious creation made from dream and desire rather than thick-wristed agriculture and workroom sweat) reveal his empathy with his subject.
“In Kollar’s images, the human measure is omnipresent; one almost never loses the sense of scale […]
with frequent contrasts between near and far, the intimate and the monumental” – Jean-François Chevrier, La France travaille: les vertus de l‘illustration
See more of Kollar’s work at the Jeu de Paume galleries.
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