"I'm more attracted by beauty, humanity, positivity. I don't like
myself amongst sordidness. I'd rather capture an amazing shadow
playing on a beautiful color than photograph a war scene. I refuse
the aesthetics of madness or horror."
Bruno Barbey joined Magnum Photos in 1964 and became a full Member
Bruno Barbey is a Frenchman born in Morocco. He studied photography
and graphic arts at the école des Arts et Métiers in Vevey,
Switzerland. Between 1961 and 1964 he photographed the Italians,
treating them as protagonists of a small 'theatrical world', with
the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation.
During the 1960s, he was commissioned by éditions Rencontre in
Lausanne to report from European and African countries. He also
contributed regularly to Vogue. Barbey began his relationship with
Magnum Photos in 1964, becoming an associate member in 1966, and a
full member in 1968, the year he documented the political unrest and
student riots in Paris. A decade later, between 1979 and 1981, he
photographed Poland at a turning point in its history, publishing
his work in the widely acclaimed book Poland.
Over four decades Barbey has journeyed across five continents and
into numerous military conflicts. Although he rejects the label of
'war photographer', he has covered civil wars in Nigeria, Vietnam,
the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and
Kuwait. His work has appeared in most of the world's major
Barbey is known particularly for his free and harmonious use of
colour. He has frequently worked in Morocco, the country of his
childhood. In 1999 the Petit Palais, Paris, organized a large
exhibition of photographs that Barbey had taken in Morocco during
the previous three decades. He has received many awards for his
work, including the French National Order of Merit; his photographs
have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous museum
1959/60 Photography and Graphic Arts, Ecole des Arts et Métiers,
French National Order of Merit
Overseas Press Club Award
Photojournalism Award, University of Missouri
2008 Paris Tokyo 68, Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Germany.
2008 Paris Tokyo 68, Cajasol, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain.
2008 May 68, Fotografevi Galeri, Istanbul, Turkey.
2008 Mai 68, Institut fran?ais, Prague, Czech Republic.
2008 Mai 68, Base sous-marine, Bordeaux, France.
2007 Marokko Panoramiques, Kunstraum, Potsdam, Germany.
2007 Bulgarie, 'Eurovisions', Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels,
2007 Impressions du Maroc, Galerie des Editions du Pacifique, Paris,
2006 Marruecos - Canal de Isabel 2, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain
2006 Marokko - Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin, Germany
2005 Le Maroc, Palais de la culture, Puteaux, France.
2004 Maroc, Photogallerie, Montpellier, France
2003 Les Italiens, Galleries FNAC, various cities in France and
2002 Los Italianos, Sala de Exposiciones Garcigrance, Salamanca,
2002 Maroc, Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
2001 Bruno Barbey, Singer Gallery, San Francisco, California, USA
1999 Bruno Barbey: Maroc, Petit Palais, Paris, France
1999 Les Italiens, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris,
1999 Fès, Galerie du Chateau d’Eau, Toulouse, France
1998 Mai 68, Galerie Beaubourg, Vence, France
1998 Mai 68, Galerie Unita, Milan, Italy.
1997 Fès, galleries FNAC, various cities, France.
1997 Fès, Gallerie Mohammed El-Fassi, Rabat, Morocco.
1997 Fès, Musée Batha, Fès, Morocco.
1996 Fès, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France
1990 Le Maroc, Centre Culturel Le Port, La Réunion, France
1985 Les Italiens, Galerie Magnum Paris, France.
1983 Pologne, Galleries FNAC, various cities, France.
1983 Poland, Museo d’Arte Moderna, Rome, Italy; Nikon Gallery,
1982 Portraits d’Asie, Galerie Olympus, Paris; Tokyo; Hamburg
1978 Carnet de Route, Salon de la Photographie, Paris, France
1972 Rétrospective, Galerie Nikon, Paris, France
1967 Photos d’Italie, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, France
2003/04 Maroc, Editions de la Martinière, France
My Morocco, Thames & Hudson, UK
Marokko, Knesebeck , Germany
2002 Les Italiens, Editions de la Martinière, France; (The
Italians), Abrams, USA
2000 Essaouira, Editions du Chêne, France
1999 Photo Poche, Editions Nathan, France
1998 Mai 68, Editions de la Différence, France
1997 Gens des nuages, Editions Stock, France
1996 Fès, immobile, immortelle, Editions Imprimerie Nationale,
1988 Portugal, Hoffmann & Campe, Germany
1984 Le Gabon, Editions du Chêne, France
1982 Pologne, Editions Arthaud, France
Poland, Thames & Hudson, UK;
Polen, Hoffmann & Campe, Germany
1979 Bombay, Time & Life Books, Netherlands
1978 Nigeria, Editions Jeune Afrique, France
1976 Iran, Editions Jeune Afrique
1974 Ceylan, Editions André Barret, France
1968 Ecosse, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
1967 Kowe?t, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
1966 Kenya, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
1966 Portugal, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
1964 Camargue, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
1964 Naples, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
2005 Grand Angle, 2M, Maroc.
2003 Panoramiques Maroc, Caroline Thiénot (betanum, 12 min).
2002 Les Italiens, directed by Caroline Thiénot (betanum, 10 min).
1996 Maroc sans Frontière, directed by Mostafa Bouazzaoui for
1988 Assignment in Morocco, BBC, directed by Clem Vallance (in
centenary of National Geographic).
1979 3 Jours, 3 Photographes, directed by F. Moscovitz (about Bruno
Barbey, Jean Loup
Sieff and Robert Doisneau).
1968 Mai 68 (16mm, B&W).