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Henri Cartier-Bresson


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the life and works of Henri Cartier-Bresson. Father of Journalism. the decisive moment

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

  1. 1. 3/31/2009 1 1 Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004 Ammar Jiwaji Considered to be the father of modern photojournalism 2 Chronology • 1908 - Born in Sicily • 1923 - Develops interest in painting and surrealism • 1931 - Spends the year in Ivory Coast and Travels and photographs in Europe • 1934 - Spends a year in Mexico with an ethnographic expedition • 1935 - Photographs New York with Paul Strand • 1944-45 - Takes a series of portraits of Matisse, Picasso, Braque and others. • 1946 - Works on ‘posthumous’ exhibition at MoMA • 1947 - Co-founds Magnum Photos • 1948-50 - Travels to the Far-East, India and China. • 1952 - Published “The Decisive Moment”, cover by Matisse. His biggest breakthrough • 1953 - 2004 - Continued to take on photojournalism projects around the world 3 Tools • Only used his 35mm Leica camera w/ 50mm lens • Painted the camera’s shiny parts in black • Never photographed with a flash Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity. - Henri Cartier-Bresson Ivory Coast, 1931 Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare Paris, France 1932
  2. 2. 3/31/2009 2 Brussels Belgium, 1932 Heyeres, France 1932 For he has the capacity to capture the precise moment when events make sense within the order of the logical universe... - Jean Clair Italy, 1933 Madrid, Spain, 1933 Madrid, Spain 1933
  3. 3. 3/31/2009 3 The Decisive Moment Book Cover by Mattise 1952 There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment - Henri Cartier-Bresson Trafalgar Square on the day of Coronotation of George IV, London, Great Britain 1937 Manhattan, New York, USA 1947 Kiss Dancers in a Trance, Batubulan, Bali, Indonesia, 1949 Funeral George IV, Trafalgar Square, London, Great Britain 1952
  4. 4. 3/31/2009 4 The condensed form of thought that is the language of photography, has a great power [which is] that of a making a judgement on what we see, and that implies great responsibility - Henri Cartier-Bresson Demonstration, Paris, France 1958 Tarascon, France 1959 Berlin Wall, West Germany 1962 Bremen, West Germany 1962 For IBM, Man and Machine