“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.” – Take Five

HARRYGRUYAERT_FOTO_1 (c) Harry Gruyaert - Magnum Photos

Gerrit Messiaen
Belgium | 2018 | 70 minutes

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.

“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

Cracking the Frame
Established in 2011, Cracking the Frame is a monthly program featuring an international selection of theatrically unreleased, critically acclaimed documentary portraits of established contemporary artists, photographers, filmmakers and global thinkers.

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