Harry Gruyeart. Photographer

Gerrit Messiaen
Belgium | 2018 | 70 minutes
In Dutch, French and English with Dutch subtitles

Premiere screening on 15 May at Rialto Amsterdam, followed by a Q&A with the director of the film, Gerrit Messiaen.
In selected Dutch and Belgian cinemas in June 2019.

This is the story of  Belgian 75 year old Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert whose life was saved by color.

Harry grows up in a strict and traditional Catholic Flemish family. His father forbids him to become a photographer because he sees it as sinful. So he decides to leave his country and travel. Coming from a repressed and grey background he discovers the lights and color of Europe, North Africa and Asia. Driven by the irresistible desire to be a photographer, he becomes a pioneer in European color photography.

The film tells the story of a restless vagabond, a questing soul who never stops hunting for images. A man who despite all, must follow an irresistible urge to continue travelling and to discover the changes in society.

Trailer

HARRYGRUYAERT_FOTO_1 (c) Harry Gruyaert - Magnum Photos.jpg

Press quotes

"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

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