Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). Biography of a look

Henri Cartier Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a famous French photographer considered by many the father of the fotorreportaje. He preached always with the idea of catching the decisive instant, version translated from his “images on the sly”. It was a question of putting, so, the head, the eye and the heart in the same moment in the one that develops the climax of an action.

Along his career, it had the opportunity to portray prominent figures as Paul Picasso, Henri Matisse, Marie Curie, Édith Piaf, Fidel Castro and Ernesto “Che” Guevara. Also it covered important events, as Gandhi’s death, the Spanish Civil war, where he filmed the documentary on the republican decree “Victorie of the vie”, the SGM, in which it was in the Unit of Cinema and Photography of the Gallic army or Mao Zedong’s triumphal entry to Pekin. Cartier Bresson was the first western journalist who could visit the Soviet Union after Stalin’s death.

He was a co-founder of the Agency Magnum. Together with his wife, also photographer Martine Frank, created in the year 2000 a foundation entrusted to assemble his better works, placed in Montparnasse’s Parisian neighborhood.

For some, Cartier Bresson is a mythical figure in the photography of the 20th century. One of his better biographers (Pierre Assouline) it would appeal as “the eye of the century”. In the year 1982 it received the international Prize of the foundation Hasselblad.


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