Sat, Sept 09, 2017, 7pm
Location: Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
5 EUR, reduced 3 EUR, for members of the FFF and students with valid ID card admission is free
Bruno Barbey, 2006 © Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos
Photo: Students in a chain passing cobble stones for the barricades, Gay Lussac Street, 5th arrondissement, Paris, France, May 10th 1968 © Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos
Photo: Demonstration against the construction of the Narita Airport and the war of Vietnam, Tokyo, Japan, 1971
© Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos
Through his keen instinct for colour and contrast, the internationally renowned Magnum photographer Bruno Barbey (*1941) has created striking photo essays in many parts of the world. Both his colour and black-and-white photographs document a multiplicity of subjects and have made him today one of the most successful photographers of our time. Within the framework of his retrospective at the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, the French photo journalist, author and filmmaker will share his wealth of experience entailing 50 years of photography and he will retrace with us on his multi-faceted achievements: his beginning as a photo journalist, his photographic commitment in wars and areas of civil conflict such as Kuwait or Vietnam or his well-known book projects Maroc, Les Italiens and Passages.
The lecture will be held in English.
Bruno Barbey (*1941 in Morocco) studied at the École des Arts et Métiers in Vevey (Switzerland). Although he doesn’t see himself as a war photographer, in the last 40 years he has photographed conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Near East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ireland, Irak and Kuwait. Since his photo-work on the French student demonstrations of 1968, he has been a member of Magnum Photos.
Bruno Barbey’s photographs have been published in most of the world’s major magazines, to name a few Stern, Vogue, National Geographic, Time, Life and Paris Match. Several photo books of his work have been published as among others his photo essay Les Italiens (2002), his monography Maroc (2003–2004) and the major photo book Passages (2016), Edition from de La Martinière.
Barbey has received numerous awards for his work including the French National Order of Merit. His photographs have been exhibited worldwide and are included in diverse museum collections. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie gave him a large retrospective in 2015/2016 that was later exhibited at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Starting in September 2017, the exhibition “Passages” will be shown at Fotografie Forum Frankfurt. In 2016, he became a member of the French Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Paris, France.