Henri Cartier-Bresson Photography

Upon picking up a Leica camera in the early 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson fell in love with the spontaneity of photography and went on to pioneer photojournalism. MoMA credits his “uncanny ability to capture life on the run” with helping to define the creative potential of modern photography and lauds him as “the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs.” Taking pride in capturing “the decisive moment,“ Cartier-Bresson intimately captured portraits and scenes, both mundane and historic, around the world. In 1947, he formed Magnum Photos, a photography cooperative, with Robert Capa and others. Over the ensuing three decades, assignments took him from Ghandi’s funeral in India, to the chaotic streets of Shanghai during China’s Communist revolution, to Queen Charlotte’s elegant ball in London. “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life,” he said.

French, 1908-2004, Chanteloup, France.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1954. Moscow Circus.


Lancashire. Liverpool.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1954.


France. Paris. Champs-Elysees. 13 May 1958. Demonstration pro Genral de Gaulle.


Italy. Sicily. Palermo. 1971. Shipyard workers.


France. Paris. 1957. Vélodrome d’Hiver. Six-day races.


West Germany. Rheinland-Westphalia. Düsseldorf. 1956. Ready to wear fashion show.


France. Paris. 13 May 1958. Demonstration pro Genral de Gaulle.


Georgia. 1954. Car race.


France. Paris. 1952. Funeral of French poet Paul Eluard. Left to right: Elsa Triolet, Louis Aragon, Dominique Eluard and Picasso.


Soviet Union. Republic of Tatarstan. Naberezhnye Chelny. 1973. Celebration of the Petrochemical factory. (On May 25th, USSR celebrates Chemistry).


USA. Washington DC. 1957. At a benefit bazaar.


Germany. Dessau. A transit camp was located between the American and Soviet zones organised for refugees; political prisoners, POW’s, STO’s (Forced Labourers), displaced persons, returning from the Eastern front of Germany that had been liberated by the Soviet Army. A young Belgian woman and former Gestapo informer, being identified as she tried to hide in the crowd. April 1945.


Italy. Basilicata. Grassano. 1973. Pilgrimage to St Innocent.


France. Paris. French writer Albert Camus. 1944.


Cuba. Havana. 1963.


France. Paris. 25 August 1944. Near the Opera, German officers taken prisoner at the nearby Kommandantur.


Romania. In a train. 1975.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1954. Canteen for workers building the Hotel Metropol.


Japan. Mount Aso. 1965.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1954.


Spain. Andalucia. Grenada. Gypsies. 1933.


Spain. Valencia. 1933.


New York City, 1935


Soviet Union. Estonia. Tallinn. 1973. Cellulos industry. Training for dance championship.


France. Paris. 1952. 11th arrondissement. Flea Market on the Boulevard Richard Lenoir.


Sweden. Town of Kiruna. 1956. Iron mining.


Spain. Andalucia. Seville. 1933.


London. Portobello. 1955.


France. Paris. 1951. Le Marais district. 3rd arrondissement. Rue de Turenne.


France. Marseille. 1932.


England. London. Hyde Park in the grey drizzle. 1937.


USA. Long Island. East Hampton. 1967.


Soviet Union. Armenia. Visitors at village on the Lake Sevan. 1972.


Alpes-Maritimes. Juan-les-Pins.


France. Normandy. Calvados. 1969. Stud farm.


France. Paris. 1957. Vélodrome d’Hiver. Six-day races.


USA. NYC. Brooklyn. Grand Street. 1947.


France. Paris. Courreges. Spring-Summer 1969.


Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.


Ireland. Munster. Cork County. Cork. 1962.


France. Vaucluse. Avignon. 1969.


West Germany. Hesse. Rüdesheim am Rhein. Assmannshausen. 1953.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1972. Arbat street. Department store.


USA. California. Big Sur. 1947. US writer, Henry MILLER.


France. Pas-de-Calais. Equihen. 1976. Carnival.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1954. Elementary school.


Iran. Mazadaran province. 1950. In a village near Ramsar, these farmers show their respect to the landowner.


Paris. Galeries Lafayette.


Paris. Boulevard Saint Germain.


USA. North Carolina. 1960.


France. Paris. 6th arrondissement. Rue des Grands Augustins. Spanish painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso at his home. 1944.


USA. Colorado. Aspen. Independance Day. 4 July 1971.


France. Haute-Garonne. Toulouse. Municipal stadium. 1969.
Semi-final of the French Rugby Championship, 1st division. Bègles is playing against Dax.


USA. Mississipi. Natchez. 1947.


USA. New York City. Harlem. 1947.


France. French singer, Edith Piaf. Circa 1946.


West Germany. West Berlin. 1962. Watching the construction of the Berlin Wall.


Soviet Union. Moscow. 1954. Building a new line of Metro.


USA. Fire in Hoboken, facing Manhattan. 1947.


France. Côte d’Azur. Var. Saint Tropez. 1959.


Yugoslavia. Serbia. Belgrade. 1965.


Portugal. Alentejo. Estremoz. 1955. Market day.


USA. New York City. Manhattan. 1935.

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