Harry Gruyaert. PhotographerGerrit Messiaen

He is known as the Picasso of photography. Belgian Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert thinks and frames in color. When he was 18 years old he fled gray Flanders and started traveling. In Morocco and India, he discovered light and color and a vital need to take photographs. Harry Gruyaert. Photographer focuses on the photographer for once.

Harry Gruyaert grew up in a strict Catholic family in Flanders. His father, who works at Agfa Gevaert, thinks becoming a photographer would be sinful. And so Harry decides to leave home and travel. Stifled by his gray, oppressive background, a new world full of artists, writers and freedom suddenly opens up. Driven by a love-hate relationship with his homeland and the irresistible urge to become a photographer, Harry Gruyaert becomes the European pioneer of color photography. Director Gerrit Messiaen succeeds in letting a man who communicates with images tell his story with words. Through the lens of DOP and photographer Jimmy Kets we see the colors appear in Gruyaert’s world. The beautiful dreamy soundtrack of Tuur Florizoone is the perfect finish.

Art Portret Dutch spoken or subtitled

Vertoond op editie(s) 2019
Screened at edition(s) 2019


Directed by Gerrit Messiaen
2018 70 min.
Frans, Nederlands
Subtitles: Dutch, English


Belgian selection


Gerrit Messiaen


Jurgen Buedts

Production company

Las Belgas


Jimmy Kets


Leen Anthonissen


Tuur Florizoone

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