Harry Gruyaert (Belgian, b.1941) is a photographer best known for his images of Morocco and Egypt. Born in Antwerp, Gruyaert studied at the School of Film and Photography in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. He then relocated to Paris, where he worked as a director of photography for Flemish television between 1963 and 1967.

In 1969, he made his first visit to Morocco, and produced a series of photographs that won him the Kodak Prize in 1976. From 1970 to 1972 he lived in London. During this time, he photographed the Munich Olympics and the first Apollo flights, as they appeared on a TV set. Between 1973 and 1980, he worked on a long-term project focused on his native Belgium, first producing images in black and white and later in color. He became known for his subtle chromatic variations and careful compositions. In 1981, he joined Magnum Photos.

In his later work, Gruyaert abandoned Cibachrome in favor of digital print, as a means of exploring an even richer color palette.

He has held exhibitions in venues such as the International Center of Photography in New York, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Canal de Isabel II in Madrid, Leica Gallery in Frankfurt, and GlazGallery in Moscow. Gruyaert currently lives and works in Paris.

Timeline

1941
Born in Antwerp, Belgium
1960
Director of Photography for Flemish Television
1959–1962
Studied at the School for Photo and Cinema, Brussels
1969
Made first trip to Morocco
1976
Won the Kodak Prize
1976
Traveled to India for the first time
1986
Member of Magnum Photos
1987
Traveled to Egypt
Currently lives and works in Paris, France

Exhibitions

2006
Morocco - Leica Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany
2006
Rivages - Foundacion Caixa Galicia Lugo and Vigo, Spain
2003–2004
Rivages - Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, France; Galerie St-Père, Paris, France
2002
Morocco - Carlos de Amberes Foundation, Madrid, Spain
1999
Made in Belgium - Gallery Fnac, Brussels, Belgium
1999
Laumont Editions gallery, New York, NY
1998
Lumières blanches - Fotofest, Houston, USA; Gallery Mistral, Montreal, Canada
1997
Morocco - Andersen Consulting, Paris, France
1995
Morocco - tour exhibit in several french cultural centers in Morroco
1990
Harry Gruyaert Fotografías - Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
1988
Regards d’acier, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
1986
Lumières blanches - Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
1980
Made in Belgium - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
1979
Morocco - Delpire Gallery, Paris, France; International Culture Center, Anvers, Belgium; Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium ; Franska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
1974–1976
TV Shots - Delpire Gallery, Paris, France; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium; International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Literature

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