Magnum Photos Photographer Profile

Harry Gruyaert 

Belgian b. 1941 (Contributor) 

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. ” 


Born in Belgium in 1941, Harry Gruyaert studied photography and film-making. He made a few films as director of photography for Flemish television before turning to colour photographs in his adopted Paris in the early 1960s. By the end of the 1970s he had travelled to the United States, India, Egypt, Japan and Morocco. The latter was a revelation to Gruyaert whose images of the country were later published in
two different books.

In the early 1970s, while he was living in London, he worked on a series of colour television screen shots later to become the “TV Shots” now part of the Centre Pompidou collections. Around the same period he also photographed his homeland and produced two books, “Made in Belgium” and “Roots”.

In 1982, he joined Magnum Photos.
Among other importants works, the two editions of Rivages (Edges), published in 2003 and 2008, are the testimony of how Gruyaert likes to work in different
environments, with contrasting lights and colours.

He had a retrospective of his work in Paris in 2015 and is currently working on a major show due to open at the FOMU in Antwerp in 2018. He lives in Paris and is represented by Gallery 51 in Antwerp.

2016 PhotoEspaña Life Achievement
1976 Kodak Prize

2017 It’s not about cars, Galerie 51, Antwerp. Belgium.
2016 Hommage à Antonioni, Librairie Maupetit - côté Galerie, Marseille - France.
2015 Harry Gruyaert - Retrospective. MEP, Paris - France.
2014 Hommage a` Antonioni. Galerie Cinema, Paris - France
2013 Maroc, Galerie Forêt Verte, Paris - France.
Roots. Magnum Gallery, Paris - France
Planches Contacts. Deauville Photography festival, Deauville - France. Raw Materials. Foto/Industria, Pinacoteca Nazionale, Bologna, Italy.
2012 Roots. Botanique, Brussels. Belgium.
A question of colour. Positive View Foundation – Somerset House, London. UK. Moscow 1989-2009. Moscow Photobiennale 2012 – Le Manège, Moscow. Russia.
2011 De ci de la, Box Galerie, Brussels – Belgium.
Rivages, Galerie du Faouëdic
(19e Rencontres Photographiques du Pays de Lorient), Lorient – France.
In the Margin, Belgium Documentary Photography, Museum Dr Guislain, Gent – Belgium.
2010 Moscow 1989-2009.
Philippe Chaume gallery, Paris – France. GlazGallery, Moscow – Russia.
2009 Une prétendue réalité, MagnumGallery, Paris – France. Short Stories, Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich – Switzerland. Marruecos, fundacion Tres Culturas, Sevilla – Spain.
2008 Rivages, Bon Marché, Paris - France.
TV Shots, Phillipps de Pury gallery, Cologne – Germany.
TV Shots, Installation at Passage du Désir, Euro-RSCG, Paris – France.
2007 L’Image d’Apre`s, Cinémathèque Française, Paris – France. TV Shots, Phillips de Pury gallery, New York – USA.
2006 Morocco, Leica Gallery, Frankfurt – Germany
Rivages, Fundacion Caixa Galicia, Lugo and Vigo – Spain.
2004 Parcours, Projection Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles – France. Rivages, Galerie St-Père, Paris – France.
Rivages, Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles – France.
2002 Morocco, Carlos de Amberes Foundation, Madrid - Spain (tour exhibit in Spain).
2000 Made in Belgium – Museum Voor Fotografie, Antwerp - Belgium. [Catalogue]
1999 Made in Belgium - Gallery Fnac, Brussels – Belgium. Morocco - Laumont Editions gallery, New York – USA.
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 Morocco. 1990 Harry Gruyaert Fotografias - Canal de Isabel II, Madrid – Spain. 1986 Lumières blanches - Palais de Tokyo, Paris – France.
1980 Made in Belgium - Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels – Belgium.
Morocco - Delpire Gallery, Paris – France.
International Culture Center, Anvers – Belgium. Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels – Belgium. Franska Institutet, Stockholm – Sweden.
TV Shots - Delpire Gallery, Paris – France.
Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels – Belgium. International Center of Photography, New York - USA.

2017 It’s not about cars, Gallery Fifty One publishing
2015 Harry Gruyaert, co-edition Textuel ed. & Thames&Hudson ed. - France/UK. 2013 Raw Materials - FotoIndustria 2013 Bologna Biennale 01- Contrasto - Italy. 2013 Morocco, ed. Textuel – France.
2013 Roots, Hannibal/Xavier Barral co-ed. – Belgium/France.
2010 Moscow 1989-2009, Be-Po^les ed. – France. 2008 Rivages (new edition), Textuel ed. – France. 2007 TV Shots, Steidl ed.– Germany.
2006 Photo Poche, Actes Sud ed.– France.
2003 Rivages, Textuel ed. – France.
2000 Made in Belgium, Nathan/Delpire ed. – France.
1990 Morocco, Schirmer & Mosel ed. – Germany – France – USA.
1986 Lumières Blanches, Centre National de la Photographie – France.
2009 Marruecos, Fundacion Tres Culturas, Sevilla – Spain.
2003 Les Grands Noms de la Photographie - Hachette ed.
1990 Harry Gruyaert Fotografias - Sala de Exposiciones del Canal de Isabel II - Madrid - Spain.

Hermes Foundation – Paris, France.
Randsom Center collection, Austin – Texas.
Lhoist collection – Belgium.
NSM. Vie/Abn Amro – Paris, France.
Fond National d’Art Contemporain – Paris, France. Bibliothèque Nationale de France – Paris, France. Centre Georges Pompidou – Paris, France. Metropolitan Museum Tokyo – Japan.
Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi – Belgium. Howard Stein collection, New York – USA.
David Roberts collection, London – UK.