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Henri Cartier-Bresson’s pictures have arguably had more impact on the medium than any other twentieth century photographer. Celebrated for his mastery of the ‘Decisive Moment’, his pictures revolutionised the aesthetics of photography while also documenting an astonishing cavalcade of historical events. In his co-founding of the Magnum Photos agency, he also helped to bring about a modernisation of the business of photography, ensuring that photojournalists could benefit properly from the explosion of media interest in the medium.
Like any artist who has penetrated the heights of cultural acclaim a certain few of Cartier-Bresson’s images have become icons, but these images are often referred to at the expense of a huge wealth of other extraordinary pictures within his archive. Huxley-Parlour Gallery is delighted to present 12 photographs that are less well-known, but that still embody his core photographic beliefs. Most of these prints were made specifically for collectors, on demand, and some may even be unique prints. All are certainly extremely rare, and are images that perhaps deserve more recognition that they have so far received.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), brought a new aesthetic and practice to photography, initiated modern photojournalism, and influenced generations of followers. Striving for a perfect balance of content and formal composition in all his work, he lived and worked by his mantra of ‘the decisive moment’ which he defined as ‘the simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of the significance of an event as well as of the precise organisation of forms.’ For Cartier-Bresson, the photograph had to contain significant content that was arranged into rigorous composition.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was educated at the École Fénelon, and then at the Lhote Academy, a studio run by the surrealist painter, André Lhote. In 1952 Cartier-Bresson published The Decisive Moment, a collection of the images taken in the first decades of his career, in which he elaborated his approach to photography.
In 1947 Cartier-Bresson co-founded Magnum Photos Robert Capa, David Seymour, and George Rodger. In 2003, with his wife and daughter, he created the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris for the preservation of his work. He published over thirty publications during his lifetime and was awarded the Prix de la Société Française de Photographic (1959), the Deutsche Gesellsschaft für Photographie (1975) and the Grand Prix National de la Photographie (1981).
His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, The Art Institute of Chicago, International Center for Photography, New York, The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Hayward Gallery, London, Louisiana Museum, Copenhagen, National Portrait Gallery, London and Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh. His work is held in numerous international collections including Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris, University of Fine Arts, Osaka, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, The Art Institute of Chicacago, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, International Center of Photography, New York, The Philadelphia Art Institute, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Museum of Modern Art, Tel Aviv.