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In the early 1960s, Bruno Barbey crisscrossed Italy from north to south attempting to capture the spirit of the nation. He perceived its people as protagonists of a “theatrical world”, and the images convey the county’s international image of near-mythical charm.

Photographs must either be taken very quickly, with all the risks involved, or only after a very long waiting period

Bruno Barbey
© Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

Bruno Barbey was born in Morocco and has dual nationality – French and Swiss. He studied photography and graphic arts at the École des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland.

From 1961 to 1964 he photographed the Italians, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation and covered the riots in Paris in May, 1968. Over five decades Bruno Barbey has worked in all five continents and covered wars and conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait, as well as personal projects in Morocco and China.

His work has appeared in the world’s major magazines and he has published over 30 books.­­­­­ He became a full Magnum member in 1968.

© Bruno Barbey | Magnum Photos

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