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Photographer: Harry Gruyaert
Publisher: Fifty One
Publication date: 2017
Print length: 88 pages
Language: English
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Gallery Fifty One is proud to present its publication Fifty One: ‘It’s not about cars’ by Parisian photographer Harry Gruyaert (Belgium, 1941), including several images which are presented to the public for the first time. As the title suggests, this book is not about cars.

The automobiles function only as a leitmotif to guide the viewer through Gruyaert's varied oeuvre, which is characterized by a cinematic mode of framing and a sensitive treatment of color, form and light. Gruyaert decided in the second half of the 1970s as one of the first photographers in Europe to devote himself entirely to color photography. His cinematographic training imposed on him an aesthetic conception of photography.

Gruyaert's images are simply snapshots of magical moments in which different visual elements, primarily color, shape, light and movement, spontaneously come together in front of his lens. Its bold, saturated tones are self-contained elements that lend structure and depth to the composition.
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