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"I want to question the images that are in our memory. There is always a double level in my work; what you see is true and at the same time not true"

- Carl De Keyzer

b. 1958


Based in Ghent, Belgium


Available for commissions
& assignments

Carl De Keyzer started his career as a freelance photographer 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 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.

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Selected works

Social Issues

Portrait of the USSR: Homo Sovieticus

Carl De Keyzer

Belgian photographer Carl De Keyzer captures life within the USSR in the late 1980s

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From the Magnum Shop

Most Recent

Theme | 10 Stories


Past Workshop
Zurich, Switzerland

Documentary Workshop with Carl de Keyzer in Switzerland

Carl De Keyzer
Jan 11 - 14

Current Exhibition
Antwerp, Belgium

Carl De Keyzer’s “Higher Ground” Opens in Antwerp

Carl De Keyzer
Until Jan 27

Theme | 7 Stories

On Photobooks

Theme | 15 Stories

A Portrait of Russia

Past Book Signing
Paris, France

Book Signing with Magnum Photographers in Paris

Magnum Photographers
Jun 21 2018

Past Exhibition
Helmond, Netherlands

Carl De Keyzer’s ‘DPR Korea Grand Tour’ in Helmond

Carl De Keyzer
Until Sep 23, 2018

Past Exhibition
Orléans, France

New Orleans in Orléans

Magnum Photographers
Until Sep 16, 2018

Arts & Culture

Higher Ground

Carl De Keyzer


The Magnum Digest: February 11, 2018

Magnum Photographers

Arts & Culture

North Korea: The Grand Tour

Carl De Keyzer

Past Exhibition
Gent, Belgium

Carl De Keyzer’s Korean Grand Tour

Carl De Keyzer
Until Apr 2, 2018

Past Square Print Sale


Magnum Photographers
Jun 5 - 9

Theory & Practice

Watch: Live Lab London

Magnum Photographers

Past Exhibition
London, UK

Magnum Live Lab Exhibition: London

Magnum Photographers
Until Jul 28, 2017

Arts & Culture

Stories of the City: A Magnum exhibition on the Paris Metro

Magnum Photographers

Theme | 20 Stories

Magnum at 70: What’s On

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

Magnum Live Lab

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21, 2017

Past Exhibition
London, United Kingdom

David Hurn’s Swaps

Magnum Photographers
Until May 21, 2017