Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Decisive Collection

25th Feb 2015 - 26th Mar 2015

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25 February – 26 March 2015

Born in 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Best known for using a lightweight Leica camera to develop the concept of the ‘decisive moment,’ Cartier-Bresson transformed photojournalism into an artform that balanced powerful subject matter with perfectly timed, elegant composition.

Our exhibition is centred around a private collection of prints, curated according to the particular tastes and interests of the collector. As a result, the exhibition contains a fascinating balance of images, some of which are well-known and some of which are virtually unseen. In particular, the collection boasts several unusual sets of photographs including: Paris (particularly during the 1968 student protests); the USSR during the early 1970s; and celebrity portraiture, an often overlooked element of Cartier-Bresson’s oeuvre. The exhibition features portraits of sitters including Francis Bacon, Albert Camus, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Igor Stravinsky and other important cultural figures.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Decisive Collection will be presented in association with Leica, one of the world’s most famous camera makers. Leica will be displaying a number of vintage cameras in the gallery, similar to ones used by Cartier-Bresson. The collaboration with Beetles+Huxley will also involve a variety of talks and events throughout the duration of the exhibition in celebration of the photographer’s famous association with their brand.

Works

Avenue Des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France, 1968

Avenue Des Champs-Elysees, Paris, France, 1968

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Valencia, 1933

Valencia, 1933

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Cosmonauts, Leningrad Avenue, Moscow, 1972

Cosmonauts, Leningrad Avenue, Moscow, 1972

Henri Cartier-Bresson

La Defense, Paris, France, 1972

La Defense, Paris, France, 1972

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ivry-Sur-Seine, 1955

Ivry-Sur-Seine, 1955

Henri Cartier-Bresson

French Art Dealer Pierre Colle, Paris, 1932

French Art Dealer Pierre Colle, Paris, 1932

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Bastille Day Party, Paris, Circa 1952

Bastille Day Party, Paris, Circa 1952

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Paris, 1932

Paris, 1932

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Joinville-Le-Pont, 1938

Joinville-Le-Pont, 1938

Henri Cartier-Bresson

A Young Belgian Woman Is Denounced As A Gestapo Informer, Dessau, April 1945

A Young Belgian Woman Is Denounced As A Gestapo Informer, Dessau, April 1945

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Saul Steinberg, Vermont, 1947

Saul Steinberg, Vermont, 1947

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Lilya Brik, Moscow, 1954

Lilya Brik, Moscow, 1954

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Canteen For Workers Building The Hotel Metropol, Moscow, 1954

Canteen For Workers Building The Hotel Metropol, Moscow, 1954

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Bougival, Yvelines, France, 1956

Bougival, Yvelines, France, 1956

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Coco Chanel, Paris, 1964

Coco Chanel, Paris, 1964

Henri Cartier-Bresson

District Of Menilmontant, 20th Arrondissement, Paris, 1969

District Of Menilmontant, 20th Arrondissement, Paris, 1969

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Francis Bacon, London, 1971

Francis Bacon, London, 1971

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Matisse At His Home, ‘Le Reve’, Vence, France, 1944

Henri Matisse At His Home, ‘Le Reve’, Vence, France, 1944

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Saturday In The Synagogue, Leningrad, 1973

Saturday In The Synagogue, Leningrad, 1973

Henri Cartier-Bresson

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