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Bruno Barbey Homeless man seeks shelter on a sidewalk. Mumbai, India. 1980. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

Bruno Barbey has wandered around the world for 50 years, developing his own style of photojournalism within the Magnum agency. While avoiding the temptation of scoops, he has never missed an opportunity to witness History. While working to achieve the correct distance, he has always embraced events with humanity. Ever ready to face the unknown and meet new people, Bruno Barbey’s photos echo these encounters, illustrating the unique journey of a photographer, explorer, and poet, through half a century of history.

The exhibition “ Passages” is a retrospective that presents 55 years of photography by Bruno Barbey in colour and black & white.


Bruno Barbey Burgan oil fields burning. Kuwait. 1991. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos
Bruno Barbey Catholic pilgrimage. Town of Trofa, near Barcelos. Minho region. Portugal. 1979. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

Bruno Barbey does not define himself as a war photographer: “I refuse the aesthetics of madness or horror”, he wrote in the epigraph of one of his books. As writer Annick Cojean underlined: “Rather than an adventurer, he is a long distance photographer.” In fact, he is present before or after, too far nor too close. He does not look scoops, and nothing is further from his ethics than the “hit” that photojournalism care so much about these days. And if “there are”, as he says, “rendezvous with history that we must not miss”, he much prefers loving rendezvous with life. _ Jean-Luc Monterosso, Director of the European House of Photography (MEP)

Book signing of the Chinese version of the catalogue of the exhibition with Bruno Barbey on the September, 18

Bruno Barbey The Amazon river. Leticia. Amazonas. Brazil. 1966. © Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos