Carl de Keyzer
Belgian, born 1958
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One of a generation of reporters to have emerged in the late 1980s, Carl de Keyzer likes to tackle large-scale projects and general themes. He often starts from the premise that disaster has already struck and that everywhere infrastructures are on the verge of collapse in overpopulated communities.

De Keyzer started his career as a freelance photographer in 1982 while supporting himself as an instructor at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (1982-89). At the same time, his interest in the work of other photographers led him to co-found and co-direct the XYZ-Photography Gallery. A Magnum nominee in 1990, he became a full member in 1994.

De Keyzer's style is not dependent on isolated pictures but, like that of a 19th-century explorer armed with modern means, relies on accumulation and interdependence with text, often taken from his own travel diaries.

His gift is to pick out the kind of societies and situations that are both symptomatic and of wide interest to the public: India, the collapse of the USSR and more recently power and politics in the contemporary world are treated in a series of large-scale tableaux.

De Keyzer, who has been exhibiting his work regularly in European galleries, is the recipient of a large number of awards including the Book Award from the Arles Festival, the W. Eugene Smith Award (1990) and the Kodak Award (1992).