Irish Summers

Harry Gruyaert



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Irish Summers by Harry Gruyaert. First edition (2020). First impression. Small format paperback in new condition. No markings. This is a new book. Please see pictures. Any questions please get in touch.


About Irish Summers

Irish Summers is a collection of images Gruyaert took during his trips to Ireland in 1983-84. He traveled around in a van, capturing the striking beauty and the idiosyncrasies of Ireland through beautiful portraits and landscapes.

On those rare sunny days, Gruyaert would document the moments of joy of  groups of friends and families in the beach. Also, he managed to capture the desolation and solitude of the landscape, carved in enormous grey stone, at the mercy of the volatile weather.

Irish Summers is an excellent portrait of Ireland in the 80’s where the photographer has managed to capture not only what the country looked like at the time through its people, but through the light and its changes. The threatening skies always full of rain, the muted colours of the hills and the rock.

Gruyaert once again demonstrates his talent to find beauty and colour amidst even the most empty or banal setting.


About Harry Gruyaert

Harry Gruyaert, born in Antwerp (Belgium) in 1941, studied at the School of Film and Photography in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. Then he became a photographer in Paris, while working as a freelance director of photography for Flemish television between 1963 and 1967.

In 1969, he made the first of many trips to Morocco. From 1970 to 1972 he lived in London. This is an opportunity for unprecedented visual experiments: he decided to “cover” the Munich Olympics of 1972 and the first Apollo flights, on a broken TV screen he has at its disposal, by manipulating the colors. Between 1973 and 1980, he began a long essay on Belgium first in black and white and then in color.

Harry Gruyaert joined Magnum Photos in 1981 and continues many trips including Asia, USA, Middle East and Russia. For more than thirty years, from Belgium to Morocco, and from India to Egypt, Harry Gruyaert has been recording the subtle chromatic vibrations of Eastern and Western light. Far from indulging in stereotypical exoticism, Harry Gruyaert has a vision of faraway countries that locates the viewer within peculiar and somewhat impenetrable atmospheres.

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