Born in Antwerp in 1941 and a member of Magnum Photos since 1982, Harry Gruyaert revolutionized creative and experimental uses of color in the 1970s and 1980s. Influenced by cinema and American photographers, his work defined new territory for color photography: an emotive, non-narrative, and boldly graphic way of perceiving the world.
In 1972, while living in London, Gruyaert created the striking series TV Shots by turning the dial on a television set at random and photographing the distorted images he saw there. A later series, Made in Belgium, portrays his ambivalent relationship with his homeland in a palette of saturated tones. In his most recent work, he embraces the possibilities of digital photography, taking further creative risks to capture light in new ways.
Gruyaert’s images are autonomous, often independent of any context or thematic logic. This volume, the first retrospective of his work, is a superb overview of his personal quest for freedom of expression and the liberation of the senses.
Alexandre Christiaens was born in Brussels in 1962
He lives and works in the village of Dave, near Namur in Belgium.
He has a number of photographic journeys (including in Greece, India, Brazil and China) and residences to his name. He has led a number of black-and-white photography workshops and his work exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both in Belgium and abroad.
Since 1999, his photographs have been on display in a number of public collections, such as in the General Service for Cultural Heritage of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Regional Photography Centre in the region of Nord-Pas-de-Calais, the Charleroi Photography Musuem, the Richelieu-Louvois Library (National Library of France), the Hasselt Cultural Centre, the Space Collection, and In Cité Mondi in Liège, to name but a few.
He has published several works:La neige bientôt © JPB EDITIONS #8,Hunter Grill © Origini edizioni livourno maggio 2017,ESTONIA, Carl Havelange Alexandre Christiaens FR/EN © Les Impressions Nouvelles April 2016,Eaux vives, peaux mortes © Edition Yellow Now 2012, En Mer, voyages photographiques © Editions Chasse marée / Glénat en 2008,Grotesques, concrétions et paysages © Edition les Brasseurs Parallèle en 2007,Réseau cristallin © published and designed by Alexandre Christiaens texte Eugène savitzkaya.
The leading Belgian Fine Art photographer Frank De Mulder is a celebrated personality within the international photo scene. He has worked for large advertising campaigns and well-known magazines, including Playboy, FHM, GQ, Maxim and Elle.
De Mulder’s most intriguing work, however, are the intimate impressions of female emotions and beauty. De Mulder released 5 books with the renowned publishing group teNeues: SENSES (2007), PURE (2010), GLORIOUS (2013), HEAVEN (2015) and TRIBUTE (2017).
The images are never provocative, but they tend to balance on the edge of what is forbidden. That balance is what makes the photographs so powerful and interesting. De Mulder shows us the delicate sensual world of women—from fragile and emotional to flamboyant and erotic—always at the highest level of beauty.
Frank De Mulder was born 22 August 1963 in Ghent, Belgium. Already as a young boy he was fascinated by image, light and beauty. He got his first camera from his father at the age of 12. At 17 he started to copy the pictures of David Hamilton, invested all his pocket money in photo equipment and learned by books the world of light and photography. He studied film direction at RITS in Brussels and continued his studies in Ghent at the Royal Art Academy, where he graduated cum laude. Frank did his army service in the cinematography division where he made several “war movies” for military trainings.
He started his career as cameraman and director of photography in several short movies and commercials. At the age of 29 he decided photography was his real passion. Since then, he worked his way up to become a worldwide celebrated photographer, represented by teNeues Publishers. At his side there is always Michèle van Damme, his associate. “It takes two to tango”. Michèle is responsible for art direction and digital postproduction. Together they built in total 3 studios, the third one in Merelbeke near Ghent.
Marc Lagrange, filled with longing and sensuality, Marc Lagrange’s photographs celebrate fantasies and desire—placing beauty and dreams at the center of his world. Lagrange was born in Kinshasa, Congo, in 1957. His career path led him from engineering to photography, and his creativity from fashion to art. Privileging analog over digital, the Antwerp-based Belgian artist searches for intimacy and emotion as opposed to artificial effects. His giant Polaroids—which have been exhibited worldwide—are a powerful example of his craft as well as his attention to detail: he can display the texture of skin, highlight natural curves and make his models stand out. Lagrange elaborates entire sets until he finds the exact mood he wishes to convey, with the end goal being to create the images he wants. From the color of the walls to the shape of a chair, every single detail counts, underlining Lagrange’s perfectionist streak and his willingness to unfold narratives.Throughout his career, Lagrange has photographed the same women over different periods of time, turning them into his muses. Inge Van Bruystegem—a striking model and talented dancer—is one of them. Lagrange has been working with her for more than fifteen years, developing a privileged relationship. The trust that has flourished between them over the years is quite rare in photography and still generates surprising results. Individuals who pose in front of Lagrange’s lens end up spontaneously performing and revealing more about themselves than they perhaps intended to. One thing Lagrange respects is the mystery and power of women: even fully nude, his models are confident and in control; real protagonists as opposed to passive figures.
The Belgian Alain Daussin, who was born in Brussels, was introduced to the world of picture by a comic strip drawer (Maurice Tillieux) and started photography studies in 1977 in a school of the City of Brussels. After three years, he entered the labour market. But he was soon discovered by the “Photo” magazine (France), and his pictures were published under the heading ‘young talent’. From that time on, he worked for lots of magazines and advertising campaigns. He specialized in female photography. In 1983, his career was launched: some of his pictures were spread in the whole world through the publishing of black and white art posters and postcards (Catch publishing, Verkerke, Art Unlimited). In 1985, he received the Eurobest Award of advertising for his picture in the Belgian campaign » Le soir, les hommes accouchent « . Although he was more famous for his black and white pictures, he did not abandon the colour pictures. Since the middle of the eighties, he has collaborated on a regular basis with magazines such as « Photo », « Max », « Telerama », « Zoom » in France or « Elle », « Knacht », « Donna », « Per lui » in Italy, « Stern » in Germany, for « Amateur Photographer’s » in London … He had an exhibition in London in the Portfolio Gallery within the framework of the festival of contemporary art as well as in Rome and Milan in 1990 within the framework of an exhibition that was organized by Lancôme, called « Imagine Donna, La femme de 1940 à nos jours ». In 2000, he exhibited at the Bortier gallery in Brussels a work called « Corps et Eau ». He joined the « Getty images » group in 1997. Alain Daussin Works for advertising (Bultex, Renault (Award), Vedior, Mac- Leans, Le Soir) and collaborates with the biggest European magazines. He also had an exhibition in Brussels in Gallery « Espace Blanche » in 2007. In 2014 his work was exhibited in Genève in the gallery « Krisal » and in Saint Tropez (France). His work his regularly sold in contemporary art fairs such as the « Art Hamptons » fine art fair in US, Cornette de saint Cyr in Belgium or Drouot in France. Online magazines (ND Magazine, Fineartnude, Monovisions) specialized in photography regularly publish his images. Today, Alain Daussin lives in Brussels and keeps collaborating for with Getty images, magazines and fine art market.
Photographer Eddy Van Gestel lives and works in Belgium and Africa. He gained international fame through his coffee table books “A Continent in the Picture”, “To the Rhythm of the Sun”, “Africa XL”, “Terra Africana” and “African Queen”.
Over the years his style has become more serene and restrained, stripped of any excess, complex perspectives and difficult angles. The portraits he is shooting have one thing in common: they draw their graphic strength from their simplicity. To him photography is a quest for a magical and mysterious world, where there’s a very fine line between reality and impression. This is certainly true for this collection of photographs, which highlights the unsurpassed beauty of African women.
The Belgian photographer joined the pictorialist movement with his images of landscapes resembling paintings. Working on light and grey monochromes, Leonard Misone’s images diffused foggy and yet luminous atmospheres highlighted by dramatic skies. There is something very tender and timeless within his photographs that, with their poetry and sensibility, also evoke Humanism and Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s easy living. With Leonard Misonne, the difference is that where easy living had to do with an elegant jet-set within Jacques-Henri Lartigue’s work, it has more to do with serene rural scenes.
Martine Franck (April 2, 1938 – August 16, 2012) was a well-known Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, and the second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson. A member of Magnum Photos for over 32 years, Franck was also co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.
Maroesjka Lavigne (b.1989, Belgium) gained her Masters in Photography at Ghent University in the summer of 2012. Her work has been shown internationally at the Foam Talent exhibition in Amsterdam, The Robert Mann Gallery in New York, Galerie Hug in Paris and Museum Saint Guislain in Gent, Belgium, among others. She self-published a book called ‘ísland’ in 2012 that sold out. In 2014 she published a postcard version of this book. In 2015 she made a commissioned work ‘Not seeing is a Flower’ in collaboration with the Flanders centre in Osaka. This was published in the catalog called Facing Japan. Her latest project ‘Land of Nothingness’ is made in Namibia and exhibited in the Robert Mann Gallery in New York.
She was selected for the Talent Call at Fotomuseum Amsterdam (FOAM) Netherlands 2012 and was the winner of the Emerging Talent competition of Lensculture in 2014 with the series ‘You are More than beautiful‘. In 2015 she won the Harry Penningsprijs in Eindhoven,Netherlands. She is currently living and working in Ghent, Belgium.
In october 2012, after more than 30 years, I picked up a camera again. Sinds then photography is a very important part of my life.
I try to show the world around me as I see and feel it.
Born in Belgium in 1977, trained journalist Cédric Gerbehaye chose photography as his way of recounting the world.
He has been member of Agence VU since 2007.
2002 saw the beginning of his continued interest in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he tried to analyze the disappointment and revolt provoked by the failure of the Oslo Accords. He went on to do more reporting in Hebron and Gaza, then focused on the rampant economic and social crisis in Israel, before taking up the Kurdish question in Turkey and Iraq.
In 2006 he was awarded two distinctions in the Prix Photographie ouverte from Charleroi Photography Museum. A year later his work “Gaza : summer rains” received special acclaim in the Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents.
For Cédric Gerbehaye, the act of photography is a way of seeking out not only the complexity of differing realities, providing evidence of them, and trying to understand them, but also of getting closer to others while informing, with a subjectivity he readily assumes.
Cedric Gerbehaye first important body of work; “Congo in Limbo”, is the result of several journeys to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he has been going regularly since 2007. This work, which was published in a book (Le Bec en L’Air, 2010) and showed in many exhibitions, has earned him seven international distinctions, including a World Press Photo Award, The Amnesty International Media Award and the Olivier Rebbot Award from the Overseas Press Club of America. Shortly after, he decided to work on South Sudan and his series “Land of Cush” was awarded the Prix SCAM Roger Pic in 2012.
Since 2012 Cédric began a work about his native country, Belgium. The first chapter of this story has already been exposed to the Festival of St Brieuc, the sequel is in progress.
Colin Delfosse, 1981, Belgium, is a documentary photographer who studied Journalism. Together with three other photographers he founded the Out of Focus collective in 2005. As a collective (5 photographers) they focus on social issues. One of his latest projects focuses on Kazakhstan where he concentrates on the Soviet legacy in the country, still visually present. In 2010 he portrayed a large number of Congolese wrestlers and the culture around it. This series won the PDN photo annual award in 2011. Colin has traveled extensively for his strong and intimate projects. He has been to countries as China, Mali and Iraqi Kurdistan where he documented the movement of the Free Women of Kurdistan movement. Colin’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Le Monde and The International Herald Tribune to name a few. The following images come from the series Polygon – Soviet Legacy in Kazakhstan, part I, Congolese Wrestlers and The PKK Amazons.