He was born in Morocco in 1941. Bruno Barbey studied photography and graphic arts in Switzerland. From 1961 to 1964, he photographed the Italians with the aim of capturing photographically the spirit of a nation. In 1964 Barbey began his relationship with Magnum Photos, and became an Associate member in 1968. The same year, he documented the political unrest and the French student riots in Paris. Between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in its history, which he documented in a widely acclaimed book. Over four decades, Bruno Barbey has journeyed across five continents and numerous world conflicts, though he does not consider himself a war photographer, he nevertheless covered the civil war in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in most major magazines in the world. A prolific author who often exposes and expresses himself in book form, Barbey is especially known for his free and harmonious use of color and has frequently worked in Morocco, the country of his childhood. In 1999, the Petit Palais of the city of Paris, produced a large exhibition of his photographs taken in Morocco during the past 30 years. Barbey whose works have been exhibited internationally and his photographs are in the collection of numerous museums has received numerous awards for his work.
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