Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson


At the Art Institute of Chicago museum, there was a special exhibition on Henri Cartier-Bresson. I just wandered into it without knowing anything about him, and later realized he is the one who took the bicycle photo that I had to memorize for the art history exam at college. In the exhibition, there were hundreds of photos he took all around the world, from poverty and war to glamorous celebrities and intellectuals. What a life this guy had. He was in a true sense a brilliant paparazzi, always ready to jump at people with a camera, looking for the money shot.

3 comments:

  1. I love his stuff too!

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  2. That photo of the black children running into the surf was NOT taken by Cartier-Bresson. It did, however, inspire him to choose photography (specifically the 35mm rangefinder) as his medium. It was taken by Martin Munkácsi.

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  3. Thanks for letting me know. it looks so much like what cartier bresson might have taken so i thought it was his.

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