Morocco. Photographer Harry Gruyaert presents unique world
The Magnum Gallery Paris presents Morocco, an exhibition of works by Belgian photographer and filmmaker Harry Gruyaert focusing on his extensive travels to the North African country of Morocco. Harry Gruyaert’s first trip to the country marked his colour photography “epiphany”. Gruyaert joined Magnum Photos in 1982.
Harry Gruyaert was fascinated by the power of colour in Paris in the 1960s, and on his first trip to New York in 1968 where he saw the works of Pop artists Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Rauschenberg, his revelation that colour photography was his preferred medium came from his very first trip to Morocco in 1969. Reminiscent of artists Eugène Delacroix and Henri Matisse, this revelation had a long-lasting impact on Gruyaert’s oeuvre which he decided to entirely dedicate to colour photography.
During his many trips to Morocco, Harry Gruyaert developed a highly personal photographic language, revealing the essence of the colours, landscapes and people he saw and met.