Henri Cartier-Bresson must-see retrospective in Paris

Photograph of a man whose face is obscured by a curtain by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Livorno, Tuscany, Italy, 1933 © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson


Henri Cartier-Bresson is, perhaps,  the best known and most influential street and documentary photographer. His work has motivated and inspired generations of photographers to get out in the street to search for and capture decisive moments of their own.

The Centre Pompidou in Paris  is now showing a major retrospective of his work: the first in Europe since this death in 2004. The exhibition runs until June 9th 2014.
With over five hundred photographs, drawings, paintings, films and documents, the show covers seventy years of work that established Cartier-Bresson as a key figure in modern visual art and photojournalism.
The exhibition presents his work  beyond the “decisive moment”  that has largely defined his popular reputation.

The retrospective aspires to show the depth and variety of his work and his wide-ranging career as a photographer through the Surrealist movement, the Spanish Civil War, World War 2, and on through the fall of colonialism and the Cold War. It also examines his activism and commitment to the pursuit of social justice.


Photograph of a man on a bicycle reading a newspaper by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson. Course cycliste «Les 6 jours de Paris», vélo- drome, Paris, France, November 1957. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson


You’ll find his most iconic pictures here, but there are also lesser- known images and photojournalism projects, along with many of his paintings, drawings  and films.
If you can get to Paris, it should be top of your list – if you can manage a break from shooting in the streets!


Book cover Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now” by Clement Cheroux

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now” by Clement Cheroux

If you can’t make it to Paris to see the show check out the accompanying monograph on Amazon Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now   by Clement Cheroux.

Or  the Amazon HCB page which has a lot of other books on the great photographer.

Centre Pompidou
75191 Paris cedex 04
00 33 (0)1 44 78 12 33
Hôtel de Ville, Rambuteau
Opening times
Exhibition open from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm every day except Tuesdays
Late night opening every evening until 11.00 pm [except Tuesdays, when the Centre is closed]
€11 – €13, depending on the period reduced price: €9 – €10
01 44 78 14 63
Tickets can be printed at home

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