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Harry Gruyaert. Photographer
Archived: Harry Gruyaert. Photographer (2018)

director: Gerrit Messiaen

composer: Tuur Florizoone
With: Harry Gruyaert, a.o.

duration: 64 minutes
Documentary, Biography

Artists on Film

This is the story of 75-year-old Magnum member Harry Gruyaert. Coming from a repressed and grey background he discovers the lights and colour of Europe. Driven by the irresistible desire to be a photographer, he becomes a pioneer in European colour photography. It is the story of a restless vagabond, a questing soul who never stops hunting for images.

"In a field where everyone predominantly used black-and-white, Belgian photographer Harry Gruyaert was the first to use color on one of the most important and influential genres in photography, photojournalism. For more than 30 years, Gruyaert documented the world in a chromatic fashion; his seriousness never lost in midst of the spectrum, instead brought more emphasis to an atmospheric grit and reality. Now a member of Magnum Photos, Gruyaert still continues to shoot in colour, asserting its existence." (Take Five)  


director: Gerrit Messiaen
composer: Tuur Florizoone
producer: Jurgen Buedts
Editor: Leen Anthonissen
Cinematography: Jimmy Kets
sound: Joren Desmidt

production company: Las Belgas

More info

dialogue: Dutch, French, English
subtitles: Dutch subt.
Country: Belgium
year: 2018


GERRIT MESSIAEN: A Journey with Paul Cox (1996), Qui êtes-vous Jerôme Bel? (1997, short), Roberte's dans (1998, short), Tot mijn laatste adem (2000), Hide and Seek (2002), Harry Gruyaert (2018).

Technical Specs

format: DCP
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