Leticia, Colombian Border (The Amazon River), Brazil, 1966 Copyright Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos
Leticia, Colombian Border (The Amazon River), Brazil, 1966 Copyright Bruno Barbey / Magnum Photos 

Bruno Barbey - Witness of Things Past

10/03/2018 - 14/04/2018

Stephen Bulger 
1356 Dundas St West 
M6J 1H6 Toronto


Stephen Bulger Gallery presents "Witness of Things Past", first solo exhibition of work by the internationally renowned Magnum photographer Bruno Barbey. This exhibition offers a survey of some of his best-known black and white photographs as well as colour works made over the course of his remarkable career.

Barbey's professional career began in the early 1960s when, over a four-year period, he photographed his series "The Italians". Barbey perceived the Italian people as protagonists of a 'theatrical world' and aimed to capture the spirit of a nation through his striking black and white portraiture. This series presents a modern Commedia dell'arte of beggars, priests, nuns, carabinieri, prostitutes, Mafiosi, and other archetypal figures whose exotic charms stand as a testament to the life and times of Italy in the 1960s. The resulting book remains on the short list of many photography experts and continues to entrance readers to this day.

Over the past five decades, Barbey has photographed on all seven continents and documented wars and conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Kuwait. The colour photographs in this exhibition feature Barbey's work from abroad and show the exceptional talent he has for capturing the human condition all around the globe. Barbey's striking use of colour gives insight into the lives of his subjects and proves him to be a modern master of photography.