"I was living in London at the end of the 1960s when I became aware
of the brainwashing power of television….I became interested in
making a portrait of England by photographing the TV screen."
Harry Gruyaert joined Magnum Photos in 1981 and became a full Member
Belgian b. 1941
For more than thirty years, from Belgium to Morocco, and from India
to Egypt, Harry Gruyaert has been recording the subtle chromatic
vibrations of Eastern and Western light.
Gruyaert studied at the School for Photo and Cinema in Brussels from
1959 to 1962. He then began freelance fashion and advertising work
in Paris, while working as a director of photography for Flemish
In 1969 Gruyaert made the first of many trips to Morocco. His total
immersion in its colors and landscapes won him the Kodak Prize in
1976 and culminated in the publication of the book Morocco in 1990.
He traveled to India for the first time in 1976 and to Egypt in
1987. Far from indulging in stereotypical exoticism, Gruyaert has a
vision of faraway countries that locates the viewer within peculiar
and somewhat impenetrable atmospheres.
In a different sphere he covered the Olympic Games in Munich in
1972. In the same year he photographed some of the first Apollo
flights as they were shown on a crazy television set. This project,
which exploits the colors of the screen, appeared under the title
'TV Shots' in Zoom. It was shown at the Delpire Gallery in 1974 and
at Phillips de Pury & Co. in New York.
Gruyaert joined Magnum Photos in 1981. His book Made in Belgium was
published in 2000, Rivages, a collection of portraits of shores
around the world, in 2003, PhotoPoche in 2006, and TV Shots in 2007.
In his later work Gruyaert has abandoned the Cibachrome process in
favor of digital print. Better suited to revealing the rich shades
found in his films, digital print opens new possibilities for his
work, bringing it one step closer to his original intention, namely
to give color the means to assert its true existence.
1976 Kodak Prize
2006 Morocco - Leica Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2006 Rivages - Foundacion Caixa Galicia Lugo and Vigo, Spain
2004 Parcours - Projection Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles,
2003/04 Rivages - Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, France;
2002 Morocco - Carlos de Amberes Foundation, Madrid, Spain (tour
1999 Made in Belgium - Gallery Fnac, Brussels, Belgium
1999 Laumont Editions gallery, New York, USA
1998 Lumières blanches - Fotofest, Houston, USA; Gallery Mistral,
1997 Morocco - Andersen Consulting, Paris, France
1995 Morocco - tour exhibit in several french cultural centers in
1990 Harry Gruyaert Fotografías - Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
1986 Lumières blanches - Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
1980 Made in Belgium - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
1978/80 Morocco - Delpire Gallery, Paris, France; International
Culture Center, Anvers,
Belgium; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium ; Franska
1974/76 TV Shots - Delpire Gallery, Paris, France; Palais des Beaux
Arts, Brussels, Belgium;
International Center of Photography,
New York, USA
2006 Photo Poche, Actes Sud, France
2003 Rivages, Textuel, France
2000 Made in Belgium, Nathan/Delpire, France
1990 Morocco, Schirmer & Mosel, Germany, France, USA
1986 Lumières Blanches, Centre National de la Photographie, France