Harry was born in Belgium in 1941. He went to l'École du Cinéma et de la Photographie in Brussels from 1959 to 1962. He started as a photograph in Paris, while working as a freelance for the Flemish television from 1963 to 1967. From 1970 to 1972, he settles in London and starts new visual experimentations: filming the 1972 Munich Olympic Games and the first Apollo flights broadcasted on a broken TV screen manipulating colors. His first “coverage in chamber.” Between 1973 and 1980, he starts a long essay on Belgium, first in black and white, then in color.

Harry Gruyaert joined Magnum Photos in 1981. He keeps traveling frequently, going to Asia, USA, Middle East and the Soviet Union. In his later work, he has abandoned the Cibachrome process in favor of digital print. Better suited to revealing the rich shades found in his films, digital print opens new possibilities for his work, bringing it one step closer to his original intention, namely to give color the means to assert its true existence.