Whether taken in Morocco, India, Egypt, the USA or his home country of Belgium, Gruyaert's pictures are fascinating. It is rare that he uses his images to tell concrete stories. He sees himself as belonging to the street photography genre; yet, in his case, it is less about a spontaneous moment or randomly captured people; and more about the interplay between all the items and objects present in the motifs. Light, shadow, clearly defined shapes and, above all, the rich colour palette, transform each picture into a fine still life. His photographs are impressive, even though they may have been taken decades ago. They appear timeless. They make people feel happy.
Congratulations on the occasion of your birthday, esteemed Harry Gruyaert! (Ulrich Rüter)
The current issue 6/2021 of the LFI magazine is presenting a comprehensive portfolio of Harry Gruyaert's work in the Leica Classic segment.