Harry Gruyaert, photographer
Harry Gruyaert has a rare ability to compose colour. He avoids the pitfalls of the genre by creating nuanced images, with a feeling of loneliness, of tender irony, of the “beauty of ugliness”. A form of “Belgitude”, to echo the words of Aimé Césaire. But Harry Gruyaert is not “just” Belgian-Flemish; here we understand that his life abroad afforded him a clearer view of Belgium. We also understand that this silent hypersensitive is inhabited by photography.
What you will find in this film
Belgian identity seen by Harry Gruyaert • A sensitivity to colour • The art of shifting to see better • The vital necessity of photographing • The photographer's feeling of freedom • The place of the photographer's family • The happy wandering of the gaze • The community of New York artists • The Magnum family • The rigour of printing • Photographing TV • photographing to protect yourself from the world
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• INDIA, Harry Gruyaert, Atelier EXB, Paris, 2020
• HARRY GRUYAERT, pub. Textuel, Paris, 2015
• MAROC, HARRY GRUYAERT, pub. Textuel, Paris, 2013
• ROOTS : BELGIQUE 1970 - 1980, pub. Xavier Barral, Paris, 2012
• MOSCOU, pub. Be-pôles, Paris, 2010
• TV SHOTS, pub. Steidl Verlag, Göttingen, 2007
• HARRY GRUYAERT, photo-poche, pub. Actes Sud, Arles, 2006