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Harry Gruyaert: Shores

Belgian master of colour Harry Gruyaert explores pared down scenes of nature taken from around the world

Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Beach of the town of Fort Mahon, bay of the Somme river, Picardie region, France. 1991. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Le Touquet. Opale coast, Pas-de-Calais departement, France. 1999. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Thermal palace. Ostend, Belgium. 1988. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Seashore at Ras Mohammed sea life Nature Park. Sinaï desert, Egypt. 1995. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Ein Gedi. Thermal installations. Dead Sea, Israel. 1996. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Bay of the Somme river. Fort Mahon. Picardie Region, France. 1991. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Around Leucate Cape. Languedoc-Rousillon, France. 1996. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Beach of the town of Fort Mahon, bay of the Somme river, Picardie region, France. 1991. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Town of Le Crotoy. Picardie, France. 2004. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Cayeux-sur-Mer seaside resort. Picardie, France. 1991 © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Cap d'Agde seaside resort. Herault, France. 1998. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Coffee on the beach. Ostende, Belgium. 1988. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages Hurghada, Red Sea, Egypt. 1988. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos
Harry Gruyaert | Rivages The bay of Angles, Alpes Maritimes department, Nice, France. 1988. © Harry Gruyaert | Magnum Photos

At the heart of Harry Gruyaerts’ Shores (Rivages) work is the structuring nature of color, organised by the tension of the horizon line. With photos taken all around the world, Gruyaert opposes the hustle of the city with a pared-down, yet intense, nature. His landscapes are never empty; they are inhabited places where light, colour, objects, people, and situations weave a serene, sublime tableau.