Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris, 1932 (197.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Alberto Giacometti, 1961 (301.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Naples, 1963 (229.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Mexico, 1964 (235.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Sifnos, Greece, 1961 (228.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Athens, 1953 (227.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Mexico, 1964 (236.1994)

Henri Cartier-Bresson was born 110 years ago today, August 22.

These gelatin silver prints of (mostly) solitary figures, walking or on the run, and an artistic avatar, are on 12 x 16 inch textured fiber paper, the images are about 9.5 x 14 inches. The prints are gifts of Cartier-Breson in memory of Robert Capa and Chim (David Seymour). The prints were made for the exhibition “Henri Cartier-Bresson: Hommage” in 1994. Speaking of exhibitions…

One of four current ICP exhibitions: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment, May 23 – September 2, 2018:

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment examines Cartier-Bresson’s influential publication, widely considered to be one of the most important photobooks of the twentieth century. Pioneering for its emphasis on the photograph itself as a unique narrative form, The Decisive Moment was described by Robert Capa as “a Bible for photographers.” Originally titled Images à la Sauvette (“images on the run”) in the French, the book was published in English with a new title, The Decisive Moment, which unintentionally imposed the motto which would define Cartier-Bresson’s work. The exhibition details how the decisions made by the collaborators in this major project—including Cartier-Bresson, French art publisher Tériade, American publisher Simon & Schuster, and Henri Matisse, who designed the book’s cover—have shaped our understanding of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs. Through vintage gelatin silver prints, first-edition publications, periodicals, and correspondence, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment brings new insights to this iconic work. icp.org

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