Bruno Barbey.


Bruno Barbey was born in Morocco and holds both Swiss and French nationality. He studied photography and graphic arts at the School of Arts and Crafts in Vevey, Switzerland.

From 1961 to 1964, he photographed Italians, considering them as actors on a theater stage, with the aim of capturing the spirit of a nation.

Bruno Barbey began his association with Magnum Photos in 1964. He served as the Vice President for Europe in 1978-1979 and as the President of Magnum International from 1992 to 1995. Over five decades, he photographed on all five continents, covering wars and conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Kuwait. His work has been published in major magazines worldwide and has been the subject of around thirty books.

In 1999, the Petit-Palais in Paris organized a significant exhibition of Bruno Barbey’s photographs taken in Morocco over a period of 30 years. In 2015-2016, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris hosted his retrospective exhibition, which has since traveled the world. On this occasion, he published his retrospective book titled « Passages. »

Bruno Barbey has received numerous awards for his work, including the National Order of Merit. In 2016, he was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institute of France. His photographs, exhibited worldwide, are part of the collections of many museums.

Bruno Barbey.

Découvrir son travail