Carl De Keyzer

Belgian, b. 1958

Carl De Keyzer started his career as a freelance photo-grapher in 1982, while supporting himself as a photography instructor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. At the same time, his interest in the work of other photographers led him to co-found and co-direct the XYZ-Photography Gallery. A Magnum nominee in 1990, he became a full member in 1994.

De Keyzer, who has exhibited his work regularly in European galleries, is the recipient of a large number of awards including the Book Award from the Arles Festival, the W. Eugene Smith Award (1990) and the Kodak Award (1992).

De Keyzer likes to tackle large-scale projects and general themes. A basic premise in much of his work is that, in overpopulated communities everywhere, disaster has already struck and infrastructures are on the verge of collapse. His style is not dependent on isolated images; instead, he prefers an accumulation of images which interact with text (often taken from his own travel diaries). In a series of large tableaux, he has covered India, the collapse of the Soviet Union and - more recently - modern-day power and politics.


1995       Annual Fine Arts Award Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
1992       Prix de la Critique Kodak, Paris, France
1990       W. Eugene Smith Award, New York, USA
1990       Prix du Livre, Rencontres  Internationales de la Photo, Arles, France
1990       Louis-Paul Boon Award, Ghent, Belgium
1988       Grand Prix de la Triennale de la Ville de Fribourg, Switzerland
1986       Grand Prix de la Triennale de la photographie, Photographie Ouverte, Charleroi,
1986       Hasselblad Award Belgium, Brussels, Belgium
1982       First Prize - Experimental Film,  Festival for Young Belgian Filmmakers, Brussels,


2008        Trinity - Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, Franc   
2004/05   Zona - Musée du Croix Rouge, Geneva, Switzerland
               Museet for Fotokunst, Odense, Denmark
2004        Impressions Gallery, York, UK
2004        Canal de Isabel II, Madrid, Spain
2004        PMMK, Ostend, Belgium
2004        History Paintings - Nicolaj Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
2003        Caermersklooster, Ghent, Belgium
2003        God Inc. Théâtre de Namur, Namur, Belgium
2003        Europa – S.M.A.K., Ghent, Belgium  
2002        Tableaux d’Histoire - Centro de Arte, Salamanca, Spain
2002        Zona - Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
2001        Europe - Centre Regional d’Art Contemporain, Perpignan, France
1999        C.C. De Velinx – Tongeren, Belgium
1998        Europa / History Paintings - Galerie Almine Rech, Paris, France
1997        Tableaux d’Histoire – Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France
1996        East of Eden - Belgische Huis, Köln, Germany; Fotoinstituut, Rotterdam, 
1996        East of Eden/Tableaux d’Histoire - Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent,
1994        Casino, Beringen, Belgium
1994        Hogeschool, Den Haag, the Netherlands
1994        Galerie Polaris, Brussels, Belgium
1993        Nikon Galerie, Zürich, Switzerland
1992/93   God Inc. - California Museum of Photography, Riverside, California, USA;
               Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Canon Image Center,
               Amsterdam, Netherlands; Frankfurt Forum Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany
1992        The Photographers' Gallery, London, UK
1989/90   Homo Sovieticus - Musée de la Photo, Charleroi, Belgium; Galerie du Château 
               d’Eau, Toulouse, France; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Museum van 
               Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; Canon Image Center, Amsterdam, 
1987/88   India – Galerie Frédéric Basille, Montpellier, France; Congress Center, 
               Lubljana, Yugoslavia; Canon Rotown, Rotterdam, Netherlands; Fotogalerije Novo 
               Mesto, Novo Mesto, Yugoslavia; Center for Photography as an Art Form, Bombay, 
               India; Fotografie Museum, Antwerp, Belgium; Gallery Focus, Amsterdam, 
               Netherlands; Galerie Nueva Imagen, Pampelona, Spain
1987        Galerie Contretype, Brussels, Belgium; Canon Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 
               XYZ Fotografie, Ghent, Belgium
1984        CCH Hasselt, Belgium


Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California, USA
SMAK, Ghent, Belgium
Lhoist, Limelette, Belgium
Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
International Center of Photography, New York, USA
Centro de Arte, Madrid, Spain
FNAC, Paris, France
Ministry of Culture, Brussels, Belgium
Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2008        Trinity, Editions Textuel, France
2003        Zona, Trolley, UK
2002        Tableaux d’Histoire, Consorcio Salamanca, Spain
2000        Europa - (Re)constructing the Past, Ludion, the Netherlands
1996        East of Eden, Ludion, Belgium
1992        God Inc., Uitgeverij Focus, Netherlands
1989        Homo Sovieticus, Uitgeverij Focus, Netherlands
1987        India, Uitgeverij Focus, Netherlands
1984        Oogspanning – Fotografie Carl DeKeyzer 1981-1984, Carl De Keyzer, Belgium