Bruno Barbey is a Frenchman born in Morocco. He studied photography and graphic arts at the École des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland. Between 1961 and 1964 he photographed the Italians, treating them as protagonists of a small ‘theatrical world’, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation. During the 1960s, he was commissioned by Éditions Rencontre in Lausanne to report from European and African countries. He also contributed regularly to Vogue. Barbey began his relationship with in 1964, becoming a full member in 1968, the year he documented the political unrest and student riots in Paris. A decade later, between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in its history, publishing his work in the widely acclaimed book Poland. He served as Magnum vice president for Europe in 1978 and 1979 and as President of Magnum International from 1992 – 1995 Over four decades Barbey has journeyed across five continents and into numerous military conflicts. Although he rejects the label of ‘war photographer’, he has covered civil wars in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in most of the world’s major magazines. Barbey is known particularly for his free and harmonious use of colour. He has frequently worked in Morocco, the country of his childhood. In 1999 the Petit Palais, Paris, organized a large exhibition of photographs that Barbey had taken in Morocco during the previous three decades. He has received many awards for his work, including the French National Order of Merit; his photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous museum collections.
In 2016, he is elected as member of the French Academy of Fine Arts
—————— BOOKS ———————————– 2016 PASSAGES, published by Edition de La Martiniere 2015 Photopoche, Acte Sud 2015 China, from Mao to Modernity, published by Editions Didier Millet. 2014 Chine, published by Les éditions du Pacifique.
2012 Bruno Barbey , Fotocep,published by Fotografevi. 2012 China in Kodachrome 1973 – 1980, Beaugeste photo Gallery, Shanghai, China. 2011 Oman 1971, The Empty Quarter Gallery. 2010 Shanghai, boxed set. 2008 1968, published by Fotografei, Istanbul, Turkey. 2008 68 and May 68, Bruno Barbey’s notebook (with of 15″ film by Caroline Thienot Barbey), Creaphis, France. 2003-2004 Maroc, Editions de la Martinière, France / My Morocco, Thames & Hudson, UK / Marokko, Knesebeck, Germany
. 2002 Les Italiens, Editions de la Martinière, France; The Italians, Abrams, USA.
2001 Le Paris de Sartre et Beauvoir,photographie du Paris d’aujourd’hui by Bruno Barbey, published by Edition du Chene. 2000 Essaouira, Editions du Chêne, France. 1999 Photo Poche, Editions Nathan, France. 1998 Mai 68, Editions de la Différence, France. 1997 Gens des nuages, with JMG Le Clézio, Editions Stock, France. 1996 Fès, immobile, immortelle, Editions Imprimerie Nationale, France.
1988 Portugal, Hoffmann & Campe, Germany. 1984 Le Gabon, Editions du Chêne, France. 1982 Pologne, Editions Arthaud, France / Poland, Thames & Hudson, UK / Polen, Hoffmann & Campe, Germany. 1979 Bombay, Time & Life Books, Netherlands. 1978 Nigeria, Editions Jeune Afrique, France. 1976 Iran, Editions Jeune Afrique. 1974 Ceylan, Editions André Barret, France. 1968 Ecosse, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland. 1967 Koweït, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland. 1966 Kenya, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland. 1966 Portugal, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland. 1964 Camargue, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland. 1964 Naples, Editions Rencontre, Switzerland.
—————-FILMS ———————————– 2015 Maroc éternel, Caroline Thiénot-Barbey (28 min) 2015 Pologne, foi de l’impossible, 2015 , Caroline Thiénot-Barbey (20 min) 2015 Passages , Caroline Thiénot-Barbey (26 min) 2014 Apocalypse Koweït, Caroline Thiénot-Barbey (5 min) 2012 China en Kodachrome, Caroline Thiénot-Barbey (18 min) 2008 Mai 68 vu par Bruno Barbey, Caroline Thiénot. 2005 Grand Angle, 2M, Maroc. 2003 Panoramiques Maroc, Caroline Thiénot (betanum, 12 min). 2002 Les Italiens, directed by Caroline Thiénot (betanum, 10 min). 1996 Maroc sans Frontière, directed by Mostafa Bouazzaoui for Moroccan television. 1988 Assignment in Morocco, BBC, directed by Clem Vallance (in conjunction with centenary of National Geographic). 1979 3 Jours, 3 Photographes, directed by F. Moscovitz (about Bruno Barbey, Jean Loup Sieff and Robert Doisneau). 1968 Mai 68 (16mm, B&W).