Historical Narratives

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Known for his innovative approach through the “decisive moment”, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the founding figures of modern photography. For the first time since his death, his work is presented in a complete retrospective in Europe at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Bringing together more than 500 photographs, drawings, paintings, films and documents, this extensive display encapsulates the 70 years of the artist’s life and influence on the world. Delving into the archives, audiences are exposed to Cartier-Bresson’s natural eye and his wide-ranging body of work. Taking thousands of images in his lifetime, he captured some of the most significant periods of history, including Surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, World War II, decolonisation and the Cold War. The iconic pieces in his back-catalogue are joined by unknown shots and even his experiments with film and moving images. Both chronological and thematic, the show ran from 12 February – 9 June 2014. The following images are a glimpse into the depth presented in this exhibition.