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Francis Haar : a lifetime of images
Haar, Francis.
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Honolulu, HI : University of Hawaii Press, [2001]

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149 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 30 cm
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TR653 .H28 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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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....

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Haar (1908-97) was a Hungarian-born photographer and filmmaker whose long career took him from Hungary in the 1930s to Paris, to Japan between 1939 and 1960, and finally to Hawaii for the last 37 years of his life. His work shares a humanistic attitude with that of others of central European origin, like Brassai and Andre Kertesz. Haar was a fine illustrative image-maker working professionally--sometimes with his wife Irene--and for himself. He published 14 books between 1940 and 1986, the majority in Japan, and he achieved considerable recognition in documentary film there and in the US. This book, edited by his son, is a combination of autobiographical reminiscences and Haar's photographs, which largely focus on the people of the places where he lived. The 80 photographs are well reproduced and presented in portfolios that follow the chronology of his life. The most interesting photographs were taken in prewar Hungary and postwar Japan. The foreword is by James A. Michener, who knew the Haars after the war. This first monograph on this photographer was published in Hawaii where, in his last years, he was recognized for his many achievements. Chronology, exhibitions lists, and extensive bibliography. General readers; undergraduates through professionals. P. C. Bunnell Princeton University