Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

Harry Gruyaert: Between Worlds

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As a Senior Curator at Tate, Dr Chris Stephens knew Smith well, and he contributes a wide-ranging introduction to Smith’s art and life. 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 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. 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. With a historical gazetteer, chronology of major events, index, bibliography and historical and contemporary maps, this book is an invaluable companion to students or visitors to the island.

Another image from is from Madrid in 1993 and appears to be taken outside a subway car, through a sheet of glass to a man and a woman sitting inside the car. Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert’s work has always been thrilling in the way it articulates a particular way of seeing. Clark addresses this strangeness head-on, examining the art of Pissarro, Matisse and others in relation to it. If we lost touch with his sense of life, they thought, we lost an essential element in our self-understanding. A simpler image from Gao, Mali, in 1988 simply shows a vacant room, a glassless window, some fabric blowing in what is perhaps a breeze, a vacant red chair, and through the window opening people walking on a dirt street.And we also have in the window the reflection of what is behind the photographer – trees and cars and street signs.

Over the past century, Cuban music has produced a seemingly endless variety of styles―rumba, mambo, son, salsa―at a dizzyingly fast rate. A familiar theme, but one that, across the generations, can occasionally unearth something rather powerful. Dissolving the boundaries between the exterior and interior, Between Worlds offers just such a sensory immersion.

There is the story from the observer, the story from the two inside the car (the looks on their faces speak volumes), the story from the four the far distance. 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.

Most often, there is some version of a window that separates the scene, creates dissonance, and includes reflections that bring in unexpected content. No matter the setting, the country or the era, Gruyaert deploys a luminous alchemy suspended in time. Meet Monsieur Benoit, who appeared suddenly in Paris with a scheme for telegraphing messages across the world (or, at least, across the room) by means of electricity and the telepathic power of snails, and actually raised the money to build this extraordinary machine. In his new book Between Worlds, the artist assembles his archives to deliver the essence of his visual writing: a luminous alchemy at the service of immersion in the image.

All visitors, whether to the Greek or Turkish side of the island, discover the immensely rich history, which has resulted in so many civilizations making their mark upon its soil. 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. Tipping over into photography, dissolving the boundaries between exterior and interior spaces, closed world or open world, forgetting oneself in a suspended time. Through the play of transparency and the mise en abyme of his images, Harry Gruyaert tells in Between Worlds the illusion of the world. There is so much going on in all these images and the result is not confusion as much as a nuanced and sophisticated complexity.



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