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Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908–2004)
LOT ID: 67372
Garden, Palais Royal, 1960

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
17.6 х 11.7 in. (44.7 x 29.72 cm.)
Signed, below image recto and blindstamped.
Lot description
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Garden, Palais Royal, 1960. Gelatin silver print, image size is 17.6 x 11.7 inches ( 44.7 x 29.7 cm); paper size is 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm). Signed and blindstamped.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908- 2004) is widely recognized as one of the greatest photographers of the 20th Century. Cartier-Bresson developed a strong fascination with painting early on, and particularly with Surrealism. In 1932, after spending a year in the Ivory Coast, he discovered the Leica and began a life-long passion for photography. In 1933 he had his first exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York. He later made films with Jean Renoir.

In 1947 he along with Robert Capa and others, founded Magnum Photos. After three years spent traveling in the East, in 1952 he returned to Europe, where he published his first book, Images à la Sauvette (published in English as The Decisive Moment).

He explained his approach to photography in these terms, '"For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression."
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