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Henri Cartier Bresson retrospective Paris

From 12/02/2014 to 09/06/2014


Emblematic figure of the twentieth century photography, Henri Cartier Bresson was nicknamed the eye of the century as he went through the great events of that time.


Pioneer in the world of photojournalism, he is famous and recognized for his street photography and for inventing the concept of the "decisive moment", defined as the most significant moment of a given reality.

In 1947, he founded the famous Magnum Photos agency with Robert Capa, David Seymour, George Rodger and William Vandivert. The cooperative now comprises sixty photographers and allows them great freedom in the choice and editing of their reportages. In 2003, the photographer created the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation. Recognized as of public interest, it seeks to ensure the conservation and presentation of his work but also to support and exhibit different photographers.

Henri Cartier Bresson retrospective shows the richness of his career as a photographer through images more or less famous but also stories, paintings, drawings, etc.

The first part of the exhibition will detail his beginnings in photography and his great travels around the world between 1926 and 1935. The second part will begin in 1936 with his trips to the United States and the Second World War, the Communist press and his political commitment. Finally, the third part will begin in 1947 with the creation of the Magnum agency and will end in the early 70s, when he stopped his job as a reporter.


Through more than 500 documents, visitors can admire his work which has always been guided by his motto "Photographing is to put on the same line the head, the eye and the heart". 



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Henri Cartier Bresson retrospective

National Art and Culture Centre Georges Pompidou
3 rue Beaubourg
75004 Paris


Find more information on the Centre Georges Pompidou website.