“There is no story. It’s just a question of shapes and light,” Gruyaert once said. His photos are of vivid, perhap exaggerated colors, light, shapes. They are living still lifes, photos of human-centered shapes doing the mundane. They aren’t meant to tell a narrative; they are simply meant to be beautiful. “It’s purely intuition. There’s no concept. Things attract me and it works both ways. I’m fascinated by the miracle where things come together in a way where things make sense to me, so there’s very little thinking.”
Gruyaert is a member of Magnum Photos. He will turn 75 on August 25.