Harry Gruyaert: Edges

David Campany, Richard Nonas

In this stunning collection, Magnum photographer Harry Gruyaert explores the visual power of shorelines.


The “edges” that Harry Gruyaert, a preeminent member of the Magnum photo agency, explores in this lush, full-color book are the oceans, seas, and rivers where humans meet the edge of the shoreline and the water begins. This unique volume, which opens from the bottom up, takes the reader to Israel’s Dead Sea, the Niger River in Mali, the North Sea of Iceland, South Korea, and Biarritz, as Gruyaert’s photos record the subtle chromatic vibrations of the edges of the far East and West. Gruyaert juxtaposes the hustle of the city with a pared-down, yet intense, nature. His landscapes are never empty; they are inhabited places where light, color, objects, people, and situations weave a serene, sublime scene.

This beautifully produced photographic manifesto reveals the profoundly poetic character of Gruyaert’s work, and the sensual elegance of his compositions.


Unlike many contemporary photographers whose work feels clever and born of the immediate moment, Gruyaert shares the wisdom of his long and rich life, and in so doing offers the viewer images of depth and poetry, of danger and indifference, drama and subtlety, community and isolation.

— Photobook Journal


David Campany


David Campany is a critic and managing director of programs at the International Center of Photography in New York. He has published numerous essays on the history of photography, as well as major books on the subject, such as The Open Road: Photography & the American Road Trip and #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Global Crisis.

Richard Nonas

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