On February 14, 2020, the Institut Francais de Marrakech and the Maison Denise Masson Annex will exhibit of the work of Charles Henneghein. The Belgium born pulmonologist turned wildlife photographer lived in Morocco between the years 1962 and 1970, during which he cared for miners. He later obtained his press credentials and embarked on a worldwide adventure chronicling everyday life scenes as a journalist. He specializes in topics related to humankind. After marrying Paulette Henneghein in 1978, the duo began to collaborate with Belgian and French periodicals along with other publications which subsequently brought them fame.
Henneghein was once quoted stating “when you are abroad and it rains, you should go to churches or museums.” This resulted in his frequent visits to museums during his own travels whereby he captured the candid expressions of people observing artwork.
One of his most famous exhibitions was forty black and white photographs featured in “For the Humor of Art.” The show presented his collection of photographs and which showed how he captured the delicate and fleeting moments of visitors experiencing cultural institutions. The works were enriched with an original screenprint made by Pol Bury. The first exhibit dates back to 1991 at the Engraving Center in Brussels. When reflecting on his work, Henneghein always presented himself as an “animal photographer who specialized in the human species.”
Starting from 1969, Henneghein received many distinctions. These include the title of Excellence of International Federation of Photographic Art and in 1982, both he and his wife’s photography was acknowledged with the Special Jury Prize at the Limoges Travel Film Festival.
The Charles Henneghein exhibition will run in Marrakech through March 30, 2020.