Horvat's upbringing conferred mastery of four languages. His eloquence in that of photography supplied a fifth. "By the time I was thirty, I had lived and worked in seven countries: Italy, Switzerland, France, Pakistan, India, England and the US, and I was fluent in all their languages (except Urdu and Hindi, which I only jabbered)."
This rich cultural universe is a clue to what has inspired Horvat to make some of the iconic photographs of the 20th century. He seems always to have "seen" in new ways that sometimes delight and occasionally disturb. And alone among his peers, he was an early and innovative convert to the digital revolution that has transformed contemporary photography. It offered him the means to develop his personal work in surprising and creative directions.
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