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Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932 - Place de l'Europe, Paris Copyright Cartier Bresson, Magnum Photos

The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York announced plans to exhibit a major retrospective of Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the great masters of photography.

Not that Cartier-Bresson’s work hasn’t been well exhibited throughout the world, but the show is likely to be a great study and tribute to the French photo master.

The retrospective will focus on Cartier-Bresson’s work over three decades, from the 1930s to the 1960s, highlighting his “uncanny talent for seizing lasting images from the flux of experience.”

“Taken as a whole, the exhibition presents Cartier-Bresson as a keen observer of the global panorama of human affairs and as the author of the fullest, most varied, and far-ranging account of the modern century that any photographer has produced.”

Geheime Staats Polizei (GeStaPo)

“For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century. MoMA’s retrospective, the first in the United States in three decades, surveys Cartier-Bresson’s entire career, with a presentation of about three hundred photographs, mostly arranged thematically and supplemented with periodicals and books.”


On the Banks of the Marne, 1938

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

April 11–June 28, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson

  6 Responses to “Henri Cartier-Bresson The Modern Century Retrospective at MOMA”

  1. Great stuff. Cartier-Bresson has an uncanny knack for capturing the expressions at the perfect moment. The charaters’ expressions in GeStaPo are so exagerated it almost seems like they were acting in a comedy, which in a tragic way, they were.
    Is that jealousy in the dog’s eyes? And the older woman checking out the girl is a hoot. Good choices.

    • Glad you like them, Steven.

      His work is so excellent.

      If you can’t get to New York to see the show
      the exhibition will travel to The Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.

  2. I love Henri…… I am still suffering from the allure of needing to capture the “one perfect decisive moment” that he seemed to master so beautifully. Digital, with its emphasis on the “keep on shooting, the more shots the better” mentality, just doesn’t have the fascination for me. Hope I can see this show, he is the master….

    • You can still get ‘the one shot’ with digital, but the big storage card mentality does tend to suck one in.

      You can set a target number for yourself, but that’s tough to keep.

      Maybe you should get back to film and only carry a little bit with you to force the issue?

  3. ahaahahah….film again???? Well, it’s an idea, but not when traveling thru airports, digital is SOOOOO much easier…….

    • I’m shocked to hear you dismissing film. Shocked I say! After years of you dissing digital as ‘not looking right’.

      But, the airport security issues are easier with digital, if you don’t count laptop hassles.

      Long live film.

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