Henri Cartier-Bresson: the modern century
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Peter Galassi, Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.), Art Institute of Chicago, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, High Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art, Apr 30, 2010 - Photography - 376 pages
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most influential and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography. Following World War II, he helped found the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as "Life" while retaining control over their work. Cartier-Bresson would go on to produce major bodies of photographic reportage, capturing such events as China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, the United States in the postwar boom and Europe as its older cultures confronted modern realities. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this is the first major publication to make full use of the extensive holdings of the Fondation Cartier-Bresson-including thousands of prints and a vast resource of documents relating to the photographer's life and work. The heart of the book surveys Cartier-Bresson's career through 300 photographs divided into 12 chapters. While many of his most famous pictures are included, a great number of images will be unfamiliar even to specialists. A wide-ranging essay by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum, offers an entirely new understanding of Cartier-Bresson's extraordinary career and its overlapping contexts of journalism and art. The extensive supporting material-featuring detailed chronologies of the photographer's professional travels and of spreads of his picture stories as they appeared in magazines-will revolutionize the study of Cartier-Bresson's work.
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Given that he was a pioneer in the field, it is still remarkable that he captured so many unique & poignant moments covering so many subjects.
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I don't know. Maybe I'm not familiar with his work. I just didn't have an "Oh wow" moment with any of these pictures. I guess that means I have to go to the back of the class. Read full review
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