Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alicante, Espagne (Alicante, Spain), 1933/1998

21.11 2018

New presentation: Henri Cartier-Bresson

From November 2018, a selection of black-and-white photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson from the Moderna Museet Collection will be featured. Cartier-Bresson has come to epitomise the independent photographer who succeeds in capturing decisive moments.

Cartier-Bresson’s (1908–2004) career began in the field of painting, and he was friends with the surrealists. It was on a trip to the Ivory Coast in 1931 that Cartier-Bresson took up photography. The war years changed his attitude to his work, and he became a conscientious photo journalist, focusing his photographic practice on mankind, not art.

In 1947, Cartier-Bresson helped start the legendary cooperative agency Magnum Photos. For more than two decades he travelled the world and produced photo essays in a style that became iconic. From the mid-1970s, however, he devoted himself entirely to painting.

The presentation is a part of Before and Behind the Lens, our ongoing photography project. The works in the presentation of the Collection alternate regularly. Admission free!

Published 21 November 2018 · Updated 21 November 2018