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.
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.
Marc Lagrange, 1957, lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Although his pictures remind us of the great works of Helmut Newton or Peter Lindbergh, Marc brings a finesse to his pictures like no other. His photographs are stylish, well composed and iconic.
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.