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At the end of 2008, the Foundation HCB is presenting in Paris a show with parallel images of Cartier-Bresson and Walker Ewans, an American photograph.
Ewans traveled throughout America in 1936 and produced a book "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" with writer James Agee.
Ten years after, Cartier-Bresson discovered this book in New York and decided to do his own trip. This exhibition shows us these two unique sights.

Henri Cartier-Bresson
French photographer, co-founder of Magnum agency

Henri Cartier-Bresson is born in 1908 in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne. After having study with surrealists, he spent a year in Ivory Coast in 1931 and began to photography. It has an exhibition next year in New York. In 1934, it lived a year to Mexico then switched to the cinema with Paul Strand then in 1939 as a deputy director with Jean Renoir.
During the Second World War, Henri Cartier-Bresson is captured by Germans, after two attempts, he escaped in February 1943. In 1946, declared missing, the MOMA of New York devotes him a posthumous exhibition.
In 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson , Robert Capa, David Seymour and George Rodger created the famous Magnum agency. He passed the three next years in Orient, trip during which he met Ghandi in India, was the witness of the birth of the Popular Republic of China and the independence of Indonesia. Then, he went in USSR and came back in China.
In 1974 Henri Cartier-Bresson stops the photography and devotes to the drawing, he dies in August 2004.




© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM


© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM



© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM



© Henri Cartier-Bresson/MAGNUM

The XX century has been the century of image.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, photographer, born in 1908, is the eye of this century.
To tell his life, to decipher his masterpiece, it is first written the history of a look.

By strolling in its century, the look of this lucid walker has caught the fascination of Africa of years 1920, crossed tragic destinies of Spanish republican, accompanied the Liberation of Paris, won the lassitude of Gandhi some hours before its assassination and testified the Chinese communist victory.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was also the assistant of Jean Renoir for three films major - an artist that wants artisan and that bases nevertheless Magnum, the most prestigious of agencies of photograph. It is albeit that had fixed milked them of its contemporaries, Mauriac in mystical levitation, Giacometti, Sartre, Faulkner or Camus, and so others shooted at this decisive instant, so much portraits for the eternity.
Pierre Assouline Henri Cartier-Bresson, l’oeil du siècle, aux éditions Folio / Gallimard.

 


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Created the October 20th 2006, Updated September 22th 2008
On the life of Cartier Bresson, read the book "l’œil du siècle" of Pierre Assouline
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