Born in Morocco (1941), Bruno Barbey studied photography and graphic arts at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Vevey, Switzerland (1959-60). From 1961 to 1964 he photographed the Italians as protagonists of a small 'theatrical world', with the aim of capturing photographically the spirit of a nation.
During that decade he was commissioned by Editions Rencontre in Lausanne to document European and African countries and was also a regular contributor to Vogue magazine. In 1964 Barbey began his relationship with Magnum Photos, and became an Associate member in 1966, and a full member in 1968, a year when he documented the political unrest and the French student riots in Paris.
Between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in its history, which he documented in a widely acclaimed book.
Over four decades, Bruno Barbey has journeyed across five continents and numerous world conflicts, though he does not consider himself a war photographer, he nevertheless covered the civil war in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait.
In 1998, Barbey traveled to Iran and captured everyday life of people and fishmen at Caspian Sea. Here is a selection of 15 beautiful shots from his archives...
(Photos © Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos)