Henri Cartier-Bresson. De qui s’agit-il?
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Philippe Arbaïzar, Jean Clair, Claude Cookman, Robert Delpire, Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Henri Cartier-Bresson
Gallimard, Paris, 2003
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the “street photography” style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed.
Cartier-Bresson achieved international recognition for his coverage of Gandhi’s funeral in India in 1948 and the last (1949) stage of the Chinese Civil War.
He took his keynote text from the 17th century Cardinal de Retz: “Il n’y a rien dans ce monde qui n’ait un moment decisif” and applied this to his photographic style. He said: ” “Photographier: c’est dans un même instant et en une fraction de seconde reconnaître un fait et l’organisation rigoureuse de formes perçues visuellement qui expriment et signifient ce fait.”
In spring 1947, Cartier-Bresson, with Robert Capa, David Seymour, William “Bill” Vandivert, and George Rodger founded Magnum Photos. Capa’s brainchild, Magnum was a cooperative picture agency owned by its members. Magnum’s mission was to “feel the pulse” of the times and some of its first projects were “People Live Everywhere”, “Youth of the World”, “Women of the World” and “The Child Generation”. Magnum aimed to use photography in the service of humanity, and provided arresting, widely viewed images.
Cartier-Bresson spent more than three decades on assignment for Life and other journals. He traveled without bounds, documenting some of the great upheavals of the 20th century — the Spanish civil war, the liberation of Paris in 1945, the 1968 student rebellion in Paris, the fall of the Kuomintang in China to the communists, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, the Berlin Wall, and the deserts of Egypt. And along the way he paused to document portraits of Sartre, Picasso, Colette, Matisse, Pound and Giacometti. But many of his most renowned photographs, such as Behind the Gare St. Lazare, are of ordinary daily life, seemingly unimportant moments captured and then gone.
Cartier-Bresson died in Céreste (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France) in 2004, at 95.