(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.