Stunning Images Track Renowned Photographers’ ‘Obsessions’

Magnum Photos asked 80 artists and estates to select a single image that reflects their ongoing aesthetic and emotional concerns.

(Magnum Photos)

Bruno Barbey

A boy plays in the Rivière des Galets. Réunion. 1991.

“When traveling and photographing, you have to establish human contact while remaining discreet. Luck sometimes plays a role too. This boy was cleaning his bicycle in a spring and playing with it; my luck was that he wore green shorts matching the color of his bike. The result is a strange and surreal setting in which the boy seems to ride his bicycle under water.

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.”

© Bruno Barbey/Magnum Photos