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Cartier-Bresson, Henri (1908 - 2004)

During the 1920s, Henri Cartier-Bresson studies academic drawing and painting before turning to photography in the early 1930s after having discovered Eugène Atget’s work. He captures fleeting moments and street scenes from everyday life, hiding his camera under a sheet or behind scotch tape, travelling around the world and adopting innovative angles and graphic compositions inspired by his artistic practice. After World War II, he founds Magnum Photos alongside Robert Capa, David Seymour, Willima de Vandivert and George Rodger and specializes in photojournalism. Yet, even when he covers the Cold War, Ghandi’s funeral, the Communist revolution in China or the United States postwar expansion, he continues to describe these global events through the depiction of ordinary sceneries and people: History told by various stories - ‘I observe, observe, observe, it is with the eyes that I understand.’ Tired and uncertain about photojournalism’s new identity - now challenged by television’s sensationalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson decides to abandon photography in the 1970s and returns to drawing. The French photographer who had celebrated the instantaneous pace of street photography and the changing society, finally returned to a slow and meditative experience.

Tags / Henri Cartier-Bresson - French Photographer - Street Photography - Humanism - 1950s
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alberto Giacometti, Alesia Street, date unknown
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alberto Giacometti, Alesia Street, date unknown
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Alicante, Spain, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Alicante, Spain, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Alicante, Spain, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Alicante, Spain, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Abruzzi, Aquila, Italy, 1951
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Abruzzi, Aquila, Italy, 1951
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare St. Lazare, Paris, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare St. Lazare, Paris, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cuauhtemocztin street, Mexico City, 1934
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cuauhtemocztin street, Mexico City, 1934
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cuauhtemocztin street, Mexico City, 1934
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Cuauhtemocztin street, Mexico City, 1934
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beach about The Peter & Paul Fortress, Leningrad, 1973
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Beach about The Peter & Paul Fortress, Leningrad, 1973
Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Davis and Carson McCullers, Writers, Long Island, New York, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, George Davis and Carson McCullers, Writers, Long Island, New York, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyères, France, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyères, France, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyde Park, London, 1937
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyde Park, London, 1937
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Italy, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Italy, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ile de la Cité, Paris, 1952
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ile de la Cité, Paris, 1952
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Italy, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Untitled, Italy, 1933
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Le Pont Neuf, Paris, date unknown
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Le Pont Neuf, Paris, date unknown
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lorraine, 1959
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lorraine, 1959
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rue de Cléry, Paris, 1952
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Rue de Cléry, Paris, 1952
Henri Cartier-Bresson, M, 1967
Henri Cartier-Bresson, M, 1967
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manhattan, New York, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manhattan, New York, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manhattan, New York, date unknown
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Manhattan, New York, date unknown
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, 1959
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, 1959
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Salerno, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Salerno, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Texas, USA, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Texas, USA, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Quai de Javel (Ragpickers), Paris, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Quai de Javel (Ragpickers), Paris, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Queen Charlotte's Ball, London, 1959
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Queen Charlotte's Ball, London, 1959
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tokyo, 1965
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tokyo, 1965
Henri Cartier-Bresson, German Woman Crying on a Heap of Ruins, 1945
Henri Cartier-Bresson, German Woman Crying on a Heap of Ruins, 1945
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 4 July, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, 4 July, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berlin, 1931
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berlin, 1931
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leningrad, Russia, 1973
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leningrad, Russia, 1973
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brussels, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brussels, 1932
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Luther King, 1961
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Martin Luther King, 1961
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mount Aro, Asian Faces, 1965
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mount Aro, Asian Faces, 1965
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Shangaï, 1948
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Shangaï, 1948
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Simiane-la-Rotonde, 1969
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Simiane-la-Rotonde, 1969
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Truman Capote, Writer, New Orleans, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Truman Capote, Writer, New Orleans, 1947
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Valencia, 1952
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Valencia, 1952
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