When searching for images for an upcoming post, I came across some interesting photographs by François Kollar. I wasn’t familiar with his work so I did some quick online research; sadly, not much is available online in English so I used my fifteen words of French and GoogleTranslate to learn more about him.
François Kollar was born in Slovakia in 1904 and immigrated to Paris in 1924, first working at the Renault factory but soon becoming interested in photography as a profession. He worked on a project in which he traveled to the departments of France to document French workers; the photos were exhibited in 1932 as “La France Travaille” at the Ministry of Beaux-Arts. The attention he garnered from this exhibition lead to his working as a commercial photographer; he published many fashion photographs in Harper’s Bazaar, and did advertisements for Chanel, Schiaparelli, Moët & Chandon, among others.
The photographs below are all from the French Ministry of Culture; the family donated the photos to the people of France. I encourage you to check out their website.The tall woman in the photo above must be Julia Child!