Harry Gruyaert

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Born in Antwerp in 1941, Harry Gruyaert studied at the École de Photographie et de Cinéma in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. He then moved to Paris and multiplied travels to face other realities. In 1976, he won the Kodak Prize for his first series on Morocco, published in 1990. Inspired by William Eggleston and Joel Meyerowitz’s works, he is one of the first European to explore all of the potential of “colour as a material”. His photographs, far from clichéd exoticism, plunge the spectator into atmospheres with subtle chromatic variations. From 1972, he explored the hypnotic power of luminosity and colour by photographing television screens in a series entitled TV shots (published in 2007). Member of Magnum Photos agency since 1982, Harry Gruyaert travels through the world, from India to Japan and Egypt, still bewitched by the power of colour.

His work has been shown in a retrospective in 2015 at the Maison européenne de la photographie in Paris that will be presented at the FotoMuseum in Antwerp in 2018.


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