Henri Cartier-Bresson
Some of His Work
Alicante
1932
Black and White film
The Allée du Prado
1932
Black and White film
Downtown
1947
Black and White film
Hyères
1932
Black and White film
Brie
1968
Black and White film
Aquila
1951
Black and White film
Liverpool
1962
Black and White film
Shanghai
1948
Black and White film
Trieste
1933
Black and White film
Hyde Park in the Grey Drizzle
1937
Black and White film
His Life
• Born August 22 1908, in Chanteloup, France
• He studied in Paris with André Lhote
– Inspired Cartier-Bresson to...
His Life
• Bought his first 35-mm Leica
camera in 1933
– Became his camera of choice

• Started making documentary films i...
His Life
• Prisoner to Germans in 1940-1943
• 1947 had exhibit in MoMA and founded
Magnum Photos
• 1955 France honoured hi...
His Goal
“Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence,
in the confines of one single photograph, of
some situation that...
His Goal + Interests
• He wished to be a silent unseen witness
– He covered the chrome bits of camera with black
tape
– Hi...
Reputation
• He was known for
capturing the
“decisive
moment”
• Helped establish
photojournalism
as an art form
Dublin
195...
Children Playing Cowboys With Guns
1951
Analysis
• Focal Point
– Contrast
– Leading lines
Analysis
• Rule of thirds
– Pillar
– Boys

• Movement
– Curb
– Guns
– Gaze
Analysis

• Playful
• Youthful
• Innocent
Why Henri?
• Photos aren’t posed
– Captures movement and
emotion

• Composition
– Use of line and shape

Alberto Giacomett...
In Conclusion...
• Henri Cartier-Bresson was a photographer,
filmmaker, drawer, and painter
• Took photos from 1940s-70s
•...
Bibliography
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http://www.dptips-central.com/henry-cartier-bresson.html
http://so30s.tumblr.com/post/901797267...
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  1. 1. Henri Cartier-Bresson
  2. 2. Some of His Work
  3. 3. Alicante 1932 Black and White film
  4. 4. The Allée du Prado 1932 Black and White film
  5. 5. Downtown 1947 Black and White film
  6. 6. Hyères 1932 Black and White film
  7. 7. Brie 1968 Black and White film
  8. 8. Aquila 1951 Black and White film
  9. 9. Liverpool 1962 Black and White film
  10. 10. Shanghai 1948 Black and White film
  11. 11. Trieste 1933 Black and White film
  12. 12. Hyde Park in the Grey Drizzle 1937 Black and White film
  13. 13. His Life • Born August 22 1908, in Chanteloup, France • He studied in Paris with André Lhote – Inspired Cartier-Bresson to paint • 1929: studied literature and painting at Cambridge • Became interested in photography after seeing the work of Eugène Atget and Man Ray
  14. 14. His Life • Bought his first 35-mm Leica camera in 1933 – Became his camera of choice • Started making documentary films in1937 – 1st on medical aid in Spanish Civil War • 1937 started reportage photography • Working with film director Jean Renoir taught him how to capture the essential moment
  15. 15. His Life • Prisoner to Germans in 1940-1943 • 1947 had exhibit in MoMA and founded Magnum Photos • 1955 France honoured him with an exhibition – 400 of his photos • 1960s he focused on film and then drawing in his later years • Died August 3, 2004
  16. 16. His Goal “Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes” - Henri Cartier-Bresson
  17. 17. His Goal + Interests • He wished to be a silent unseen witness – He covered the chrome bits of camera with black tape – Hid it under a handkerchief • Preferred capturing people + events • Reportage style and content • Documentary films
  18. 18. Reputation • He was known for capturing the “decisive moment” • Helped establish photojournalism as an art form Dublin 1952
  19. 19. Children Playing Cowboys With Guns 1951
  20. 20. Analysis • Focal Point – Contrast – Leading lines
  21. 21. Analysis • Rule of thirds – Pillar – Boys • Movement – Curb – Guns – Gaze
  22. 22. Analysis • Playful • Youthful • Innocent
  23. 23. Why Henri? • Photos aren’t posed – Captures movement and emotion • Composition – Use of line and shape Alberto Giacometti, rue d'Alésia, Paris 1961
  24. 24. In Conclusion... • Henri Cartier-Bresson was a photographer, filmmaker, drawer, and painter • Took photos from 1940s-70s • He is best known for his work in photojournalism and capturing the “decisive moment” • He is skilled in creating strong compositions
  25. 25. Bibliography • • • • • • http://www.dptips-central.com/henry-cartier-bresson.html http://so30s.tumblr.com/post/901797267/thetranscendentalmodernist-allee-du-prado http://linkandoalto.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/consideracoes-sobre-a-solidao-retratada-porcartier-bresson/ http://blog.ricecracker.net/2010/02/24/cartier-bresson-kertesz-koudelka/ http://kentbeatty.com/2008/10/12/great-photographers-henri-cartier-bresson/ http://ultraorange.net/2007/12/13/henri-cartier-bresson-aquila-degli-abruzi-1952-2/ http://ysvoice.tumblr.com/post/2650510052/bresson-1948 http://www.tate.org.uk/liverpool/exhibitions/centreofthecreativeuniverse/guide/room1.shtm http://so30s.tumblr.com/post/435365769/trieste-henri-cartier-bresson-1933 http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/art/features/henri-cartierbresson-fromamateur-snapper-to-photographic-icon-790386.html?action=Gallery&ino=4 http://www.iphotocentral.net/search/detail.php/256/Henri+Cartier-Bresson/20/11422/1 http://forums.thefashionspot.com/f81/henri-cartier-bresson-hcb-photographer-55083-2.htm http://www.betty-ck145.de/docujan/early/fotograf.html l • • • http://www.biography.com/articles/Henri-Cartier-Bresson-9240139 http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/h/henri_cartierbresson.html http://www.photo-seminars.com/Fame/bresson.htm • • • • • • •

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