Harry Gruyaert, Boom, Belgium, 1988 © Harry Gruyaert, Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

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Through March 14, Howard Greenberg Gallery presents the first U.S. solo exhibition of Paris-based photographer Harry Gruyaert (Belgian, b. 1941). Well known in Europe for his street photography, Gruyaert’s work is admired for its extraordinary use of color much like his American contemporaries Joel Meyerowitz, Saul Leiter, Stephen Shore, and William Eggleston.

Gruyaert has been a member of Magnum Photos since 1982. With an eye for idiosyncratic juxtapositions, he has traveled the world finding bewildering beauty, complex constructions, and touching solitude. The exhibition covers his work in France, Spain, Belgium, Morocco, Japan, India, Russia and the U.S. Spanning four decades from 1981 through 2017, his photographs range from street scenes to seascapes, all punctuated with his unique, saturated approach to color. Often a lone figure can be found in his photographs, at times faceless or viewed from behind, evoking a loneliness of modern life or simply the serene banality of the quotidian.

“I am interested in that strange magic that occurs when things come together. I look to form a connection to a place. I have to be moved by something,” said Gruyaert recently from his studio in Paris.