Photo Exhibition: Henri Cartier-Bresson

By Jack Berglund

Henri Cartier-Bresson traveled the world in the 30s,40s and 50s taking pictures of people and places. As a photojournalist, he has captured many interesting times from all over the world including the Chinese ‘Great Leap Forwards‘ and postwar boom in the US.  For me, the exhibition would be worth visiting for the historical context of the different pictures and the curiosity they ignite.

As luck would have it though, the photos are also without exception stunning, and the interest goes beyond just the locations and history.  The artist has a nack for capturing people’s expressions in context with their surroundings in a way you really have to see to understand.   Whether its the Maharajah touring in India or Charles De Gaulle parading in Paris, the main subjects are in the background or out of the frame entirely allowing the viewer to see what the events meant to the people watching.  Each image draws you in with a sense that a moment in someones life has been captured.

In short, go see this exhibition if you can.  Its currently on in New York at Moma until the end of June.

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    • Ti
    • June 7th, 2010

    Great article. I was there on the opening day. He had an amazing eye for detail and humanity, but it was one of his “static” photos of a half made bed, that really captured my attention. Could not recommend this exhibition more.

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