Whether moments of carefree childhood, a respectful look into foreign cultures or aspects of the human in political conflicts and wars: the variety of his themes and his sensitive imagery make Bruno Barbey (*1941) one of the most successful photojournalists today. With “Passages”, the Willy-Brandt-Haus Berlin is showing a retrospective of the French photographer. On display are 100 black and white and color photographs from the early 1960s to the present day. Additional insights into Barbey’s work are provided by films by Caroline Thiénot-Barbey.
This exhibition has already inspired many people at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the FO.KUS Stadtforum in Innsbruck, and the Fotografie Forum Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main.
Opening Reception: Thursday, 8. February 2018, at 7:30 pm
Bruno Barbey, born in Morocco, has dual nationality, French and Swiss. He studied photography and graphic arts at the École des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland.
In 1961-1964 he photographed the Italians, perceiving them as protagonists of a ‘theatrical world’, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation.
He began his relationship with Magnum Photos in 1964. He served as Magnum vice president for Europe in 1978/1979 and as President of Magnum International from 1992 to 1995.
Over five decades Bruno Barbey has photographed in all five continents and covered wars and conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in the world’s major magazines and he has published over 30 books.
In 1999 the Petit Palais, Paris, organised a large solo exhibition of photographs taken by Bruno Barbey in Morocco over a period of three decades. In 2015/2016, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, showed his retrospective exhibition which is currently circulating internationally. He published simultaneously his retrospective book “Passages”.
Today he is working on a new project and photographing extensively in China.
Willy Brandt Haus Berlin
Wilhelmstraße 140 10963 Berlin, Germany
February 09, 2018 to March 25, 2018