2012 / 2016
Bernard Grilly
Work details

Manhattan Bostonians

18 x 13

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Background Information about Bernard Grilly
About the Work

New York City

The often severe, monochrome appearance of New York City’s skyline is surprisingly colourful in Bernard Grilly’s photographs. These intricately coloured works could almost be paintings. The French photographer pays his respects to the city’s long tradition of architecture, and the patina evokes memories of an eventful history. The city that never sleeps appears to let down its guard for a brief moment, revealing its true self.

In the series “New York City”, amazing structures unfold and the relationship between architecture and people is explored. We may not be able to see the inhabitants of this giant city, but we can sense them behind windows and on the city streets below. Through imposing camera angles and exciting perspectives, Grilly gives the city freedom to express itself.

About the Artist

Grilly learned his trade in the 1970s alongside American photographer Tony Kent in Paris, the fashion capital. He was part of a movement that created an entirely new aesthetic for fashion photography. As a photo journalist, Grilly has worked for renowned magazines such as Marie-Claire and Geo die Welt. New York City always held a particular fascination for him, however. When he finally took the time to visit and explore, free from the pressure of deadlines and meetings, he captured some truly remarkable photos for us to enjoy.


The vertical structures of Manhattan remind Grilly of cliff faces, and his intricate urban photographs feel like vibrant natural landscapes. He perfected his sense of perspective as a photojournalist. To bring out the distinctive shades of each image, Grilly adds colour after they have been shot.

“As the origin of modern architecture, Manhattan has a history that has been shaped by different epochs.” Bernard Grilly
1946Born in Mauléon, France
Lives and works in Bessancourt, France

Solo Exhibitions

2014La Fête Sauvage, La Cinémathèque Française, Paris, France
L’Eloge du Végétal, L’Art Contemporain en Val d’Oise, Val d’Oise, France
2013Manhattan, Espace Marc Steckar, Bessancourt, France
2012Varech, Galerie de Mézières, Auvers-sur-Oise, France


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