Bruno Barbey was born in Morocco and grew up in various parts of the country: Rabat, Salé, Marrakech and Tangiers. In the course of a long career, Barbey has traveled all over the world, but Morocco keeps attracting him like a magnet. Barbey wrote of his love of the country: “Cultures and civilizations overlap with one another in unlikely combinations. Umayyad culture, Andalusion influences, Berber traditions, Jewish traces. How many painters, photographers and writers that have stayed in Morocco have let themselves be carried away by its light, its substance, its colours?”

The value of feelings is the key element but, to get a great shot, technique is always extremely important

Bruno Barbey
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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.

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