Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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Hilariously funny, sometimes rather sad, but invariably interesting, this is a superbly diverting book. There are at least six different levels of content within this image, each one with its own contextual and narrative interest. Other images range from New York City to Israel to Belgium to Paris to Tokyo, Istanbul, Madrid, the Dominican Republic, Tunis.

No matter the setting, the country or the era, Gruyaert deploys a luminous alchemy suspended in time.Prof David Alan Mellor investigates and explains the Anglo-American cultural contexts that drove Smith’s art, while Alex Massouras’s two themed essays, ‘Young and British’ and ‘From Motion Pictures to Flight’, explore Smith’s originality from fresh perspectives. Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert’s work has always been thrilling in the way it articulates a particular way of seeing. Richard Glyn Jones has cast his net wide to gather these accounts of human oddity and eccentricity, and the standard of his writing is high, with Lytton Strachey, Derek Hudson, Christopher Sykes and Ronald Knox among the authors included. Although Cyprus is a relatively small island, its position in the East Mediterranean has always given it strategic importance beyond its size. A collection of seventy-five images that connect one realm with the next, this volume shows that beyond the marvelous colorist that he is, Gruyaert’s images also depict a photographer’s vision of the world.

A penetrating analysis of the work of one of the most influential painters in the history of modern art by one of the world’s most respected art historians. Harry Gruyaert is renowned for his photographs of India, Morocco and Egypt as well as of the west of Ireland, and for his use of colour. He is the only artist of his stature who has not been represented by a monograph, which the dazzling presentation of images in Richard Smith: Artworks now fulfils. A bit later, Campany continues, “For Gruyaert, making threshold images means bringing together different light levels and different color temperatures.And we also have in the window the reflection of what is behind the photographer – trees and cars and street signs. He photographs things we’ve all seen – think about TV Shots, his documentary/commentary on British society made of photographs of television screens – but never seen quite the way he does.

He has had the good fortune to travel widely, and whether he’s taking images in Belgium or Morocco, London or Paris, airports or alleys, it’s not that he sees things differently. One of the things that’s fascinating about this collection is the way every image has multiple narrative lines. A note from FRAMES: if you have a forthcoming or recently published book of photography, please let us know. It is impossible, looking at this picture, to confidently place where everything in the image is in relationship to each other. A text by David Campany examines the photographer's singular approach and positioning, which is "in the space of the threshold (where) we are balanced, neither in nor out, present but in neither place.His intuitive and physical relationship to places immerses the spectator in a world that borrows from the cinematic universe and from that of the painter. His powers of persuasion clearly exceeded those of Colonel Baker, who seemed the personification of Victorian solidity until that embarrassing incident in the sealed railway compartment, where he failed to entice Miss Dickinson to join in his bit of fun, and afterwards had to try and explain his conduct to the High Court, with the whole nation hanging on his every word. The green walls the red chair are a compositionally wonderful pairing, the frame within a frame of the glassless window isolates the narrative outside.



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