Charles Harbutt


CHARLES HARBUTT’s pictures have been widely collected and exhibited at (among others) the Museum of Modern Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the Beaubourg, the Bibliotheque Nationale and the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris. He is represented by the Peter Fetterman Gallery, in Santa Monica, CA. In 1997, his negatives, master prints & archives were acquired for the collection of the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Ariz. He has had large recent exhibitions at Oaxaca (2013) and Tucson (2013-4) and participated in group shows at the Vienna Museum, the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and the Arles Festival. In 2012 he was invited to give a Master exhibition and lecture at the Foto Festival in Bursa, Turkey.


Three books and one monograph have been published of his work:

Departures and Arrivals, Damiani, Bologna, 2012

Progreso: Navarin Editeur, Paris, 1986 (English edition: Actuality Inc., NYC, 1987)

Charles Harbutt: I Grandi Fotografi: Editoriale Fabbri, Milan, Italy: 1983

Travelog: MIT Press, Cambridge, 1974. Arles award: Best photographic book of 1974


For the first twenty years of his photographic life, Charles Harbutt was a photojournalist, working mostly through Magnum Photos (of which he was twice president) for magazines in Europe, Japan and the United States. Since 1980, he has pursued more personal interests, an extension of the boundaries of journalism past the exceptional into the realm of the everyday


He has been guest artist for a year each at the Rhode Island School of Design, MIT and the Art Institute of Chicago and taught at Cooper Union, Parsons, Pratt Institute, Bard College, the School of Visual Arts and in numerous workshops here and abroad. In 1999, he was appointed an associate professor at Parsons the New School for Design.