EX: 1/30/2012
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Beaugeste Photo Gallery
2012.10.13 Sat - 2013.02.10 Sun
Opening Exhibition
10/13/2012 18:00
Building 5, Lane 210, Tai Kang Road, Studio 519 200025 Shanghai
+86 21 6466 9012
Opening Hours
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 6pm
Jean Loh

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China In Kodachrome
Solo Exhibition by Bruno Barbey
[Press Release]

[Press Release]

Bruno Barbey is a Frenchman born in Morocco. He studied photography and graphic arts at the ecole des Arts et Metiers in Vevey, Switzerland. Between 1961 and 1964 he photographed the Italians, treating them as protagonists of a small ‘theatrical world’, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation.

During the 1960s, he was commissioned by editions Rencomtre in Lausanne to report from European and African countries. He also contributed regularly to Vogue. Barbey began his relationship with Magnum in 1964, becoming a full member in 1968, the year he documented the political unrest and student riots in Paris. A decade later, between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in its history, publishing his word in the widely acclaimed book “Poland”.

He served as Magnum vice president for Europe in 1978 and 1979 and as President of Magnum International from 1992 –  1995.

Over five decades Barbey has journeyed across five continents and into numerous military conflicts. Although he rejects the label of ‘war photographer’,  he has covered civil wars in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in most of the world’s major magazines.

Barbey is known particularly for his free and harmonious use of colour. He has frequently worked in Morocco, the country of his childhood. In 1999 the Petit Palais, Paris, organized a large exhibition of photographs that Barbey had  taken in Morocco during the previous three decades. He has received many wards for his work, including the French National Order of Merit; his photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous museum collections.