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Harry Gruyaert, The Potential of Color

Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert, a pioneer of color photography in Europe, is at the heart of the exhibition organized by LE BAL, in Paris, from June 15 to September 24, 2023.

Harry Gruyaert is a Belgian photographer born in Antwerp in 1941. After studying film and photography in Brussels from 1959 to 1962, he moved to Paris. In the 70s and 80s, he traveled to the United States, Morocco, India, Egypt, Japan and Russia, where his vision was nurtured. He joined Magnum Photos in 1982.

Harry Gruyaert, USA, Las Vegas Suburb, 1982 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert, USSR, Moscow, 1989 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert, Morocco, Ouarzazate, 1986 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

The exhibition at BAL presents for the first time a wide selection of vintage cibachrome prints tracing the career of this master of color.

Harry Gruyaert, Belgium, Boom, 1988 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert, Belgium, Antwerp, Carnival, 1992 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert, Ireland, County Kerry, 1983 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

"Color is a way of sculpting what I see. Color doesn't illustrate a subject or the scene I'm photographing, it's a value in itself. It's even the emotion of photography." Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert, Belgium, Antwerp, 1988 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert, Belgium, Trans-Europ-Express, 1981 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

Harry Gruyaert, Belgium, Brussels, 1981 © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

"Harry Gruyaert, la part des choses ", at
LE BAL, 6 impasse de la Défense, 75018 Paris. From June 15 to September 24, 2023.

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