Henri Cartier-Bresson : China 1948-1949 I 1958

On November 25, 1948, Henri Cartier-Bresson receives an assignment from Life magazine to report on the “last days of Beijing” before the arrival of the Maoists troops. He went there for two weeks, and remained ten months, mainly around Shanghai, attending the fall of the town of Nanjing held by the Kuomintang, then forced to stay in Shanghai under communist control for 4 months, and leaving China a few days before the proclamation of the People’s Republic of China, October 1, 1949.

Italy by Magnum , from Henri Cartier-Bresson to Paolo Pellegrin – The Eye of Photography

For L’Italia di Magnum. Da Henri Cartier-Bresson a Paolo Pellegrin, an exhibition currently on view at CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, in Torino, twenty photographers have been called upon to recount events, great and small, through Italian figures and localities from the post-war years right up to the present day, in a blend of famous and less familiar photographs, of places known throughout the world and of ordinary citizens who make up the social and visual fabric of Italia.

Perfect and Unrehearsed

The ‘‘decisive moment,’’ in the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson and his stylistic followers, is a mysteriously precise collaboration with the world.

Martin Munkacsi’s image, Cartier-Bresson said, inspired his own approach, showing him that ‘‘photography could reach eternity through the moment.’’

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This collection of work provides the ultimate retrospective look at a lifetime’s achievement. It includes the first photographs taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson, some of which have never been published, rarely seen work from all periods of his life, and a generous selection of classic photographs that have become icons of the medium.

Contact sheets: where the magic and chaos of photographs comes alive

From the D-Day landings and Tiananmen Square to Salvador Dalí’s flying-cat hijinks, contact sheets reveal the hidden secrets of unforgettable images

Henri Cartier-Bresson, co-founder of the famed Magnum agency, once likened the contact sheet to the analyst’s couch. “It’s all there: what surprises us is what we catch, what we miss, what disappears.”

An Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson from 1958

A couple of months ago, we shared an interview with the photographer known as Weegee that was released in the 1958 vinyl record titled "Famous

It is the same intuition. You have to know in which framework you have to tell your story for the magazine, but you must not work for the magazine. You work for yourself, and the story.

Henri Cartier-Bresson "Pen, Brush and Camera" documentary - Leica Rumors

You can watch the "Pen, Brush and Camera" full length documentary (1998) about Henri Cartier-Bresson on YouTube: Related posts: Henri Cartier-Bresson: “The Impassioned Eye” documentary Remembering Henri Cartier-Bresson Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Ce

You can watch the "Pen, Brush and Camera" full length documentary (1998) about Henri Cartier-Bresson on YouTube:

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Its value as an out-of-print collectable has risen over the past few decades resulting in keeping this masterpiece out of the hands of many younger photographers. Finally, after 62 years, it is again seeing the light of day this December with a gorgeous facsimile from the German publishing house Steidl

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The primary (but hardly the sole) merit of this extraordinary Cartier-Bresson retrospective is that it sheds light on little-known aspects of his career. Too often Cartier-Bresson has been represented only as the artist of the “decisive moment,” as if his vision had emerged fully developed in one burst, and remained constant throughout his career. The reality, of course, is much more complex.

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In a 2010 interview with Charlie Rose, photographer Martine Franck gave an insight into how she first got together with her husband, renowned Magnum founder Henri Cartier-Bresson: “Martine,” Bresson had apparently said to Franck, by way of showing his romantic interest, “I want to come and see your contact sheets.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson: 'There Are No Maybes'

In 1971, Sheila Turner-Seed interviewed Henri Cartier-Bresson and other luminaries for a series of film strips that were lost until her daughter rediscovered them decades later.

If you have little equipment, people don’t notice you. You don’t come like a show-off. It seems like an embarrassment, someone who comes with big equipment.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Living and Looking

That’s a wonderful thing with a camera. It jumps out of you. I’m extremely impulsive. Terribly. It’s really a pain in the neck for my friends and family. I’m a bunch of nerves. But I take advantage of it in photography. I never think. I set, quick! I hit!


Next day early morning we took an auto rickshaw to the city centre. Suddenly he was a different person. While we passed through the narrow streets into alley ways, and from bazaars into crowded markets, he made himself as inconspicuous as possible, the entire time shooting pictures. He carried no shoulder-bags so that he could move very freely in the crowded areas. He never wore his camera around his neck like most photographers do. Instead, if he was not taking pictures even for a short period of time, he covered his little Leica with a handkerchief and kept walking and looking for interesting situations to photograph. Once he noticed something he liked, he disappeared so fast I had to look for him. Just when I locked on to him, he was gone again. He walked so fast that by the time someone knew that they had been photographed, he was gone.

Happy Birthday, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson travelled the world for four decades, both documenting and participating in the art, political, and social movements that would move …

Today, in honor of Cartier-Bresson’s birthday, we take a look at some of the more celebratory photographs from his extraordinary career.

Leica Portrait: Joel Meyerowitz

An award-winning street photographer who has been creating memorable images in the great photojournalistic tradition since 1962, Joel Meyerowitz pioneered the use…

Tony and I looked at each other and said, “That must be Henri Cartier-Bresson. Tony pushes me to go and see this guy and I walk over and ask him, “Are you Henri Cartier-Bresson?” He says, “No, no I am not. Are you the police?” I said, “No, no we are just two photographers and we saw you working and thought you must be mad.” He said, “Yes I am Cartier-Bresson. You meet me here later and I take you for coffee.”

Remembering Henri Cartier-Bresson - Leica Rumors

Henri Cartier-Bresson died seven years ago on August 3rd, 2004. Here is an old interview he gave to Charlie Rose: Via Aphotostudent Related posts: Leica Photographers: Henri Cartier-Bresson, “The Decisive Moment” (video) Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern

Henri Cartier-Bresson died seven years ago on August 3rd, 2004. Here is an old interview he gave to Charlie Rose

Worth a look: The Shooting Gallery – videos about photographers

The Shooting Gallery, a tumblr featuring videos about photographers. The videos are divided into two categories: photographers talking and photographers shooting. There are 14 pages of archives to the blog, in which you’ll find videos about the likes of Richard Prince, Donald Weber, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jeff Mermelstein, Stephen Shore, Terry Richardson, Juergen Teller, Cindy Sherman, Ryan McGinley, William Eggleston (including this ridiculous interview on the Today Show), and many others.

Henri Cartier-Bresson – Life Is Once Forever

Since arriving in Libya, I have tried to understand the situation. People swap facts, predictions and rumors, but the complexity of the conflict makes it impossible to fully comprehend. Once a picture is taken or a word is written it is already old news. There seems to be no way to catch up, as the database of history is filed before it is processed. And as a result I have become more confused. But I can attest to one reality, shown in these photographs. They form a loose record of my experience during the war in Libya.