A quick summary of why you should see Henri Cartier-Bresson at The High

Review of the Peter Galassi lecture on Henri Cartier-Bresson at the High Museum, February 17, 2011 and the exhibition “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century”

Henri Cartier-Bresson is often been described as the most famous French photographer, and Peter Galassi, Director of Photography at the MOMA in New York City, explained why in his recent lecture.

Cartier-Bresson became famous at a young age and spent a good deal of time working for LIFE magazine. His life spanned from pre-industrialization to the early 2000’s. In response to new realities of the world and its changing technologies, the artist, remarkably, changed his style to express the world around him.

Cartier-Bresson preferred to work in black and white, and continued to use the same type of Lecia camera for his entire career. Galassi described the artist as having exemplary “luck” for catching the perfect moment, often described as “the decisive moment.” His photographs hold moments in time, stopping motion, and capture the clarity of the situation. Cartier-Bresson managed to see the metaphor of the image, as Galassi described, “on the fly.” He is also famous for his travels to Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, which revealed to the industrialized world what beauty lies in pre-industrialized living.

The current exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson at the High is on loan from the MOMA’s collection. This exhibition offers a wide range of photographs by the artist, including some of his most famous works. His travels, acquaintances, and talent are all apparent in this exhibition; it is truly a must-see.


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