© Harry Gruyaert
© Julien Bolle

Guest of the Planche(s) Contact Festival in 2013

European precursor in color photography, which has been considered vulgar for a long time, Harry Gruyaert has been photographing the coasts of Europe and Africa for many years.

Born in 1941 in Antwerp, Belgium, he started his career in the 1960s as a director of photography for the Flemish television.

In 1965, his vision of the world changed after a first trip to Morocco. In 1972, Harry Gruayert settled in Paris. He received in 1976 the first Prix Kodiak of Photography Critics, and became a member of the Magnum agency in 1981.

In Deauville, he has traveled over 100 kilometers by bike. In every moment of sunlight, he rides his bike seeking the city’s best colors. On July 14th 2014, he got lucky with an incredible day of sunlight, with acid, psychedelic and bright colors, like a pop-art painting.

“Colours are a way of sculpting what I see. Colours do not reveal a subject or the scene I shoot; they are its own value, they are the very emotion of photography.”