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$8,000 - 12,000
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Cartier-Bresson, The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson, pl. 5
Bibliothèque nationale de France, De qui s'agit-il?, p. 57
Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, frontispiece
Chéroux, Aperture Masters of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 15
Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 41
Clair, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Europeans, p. 163
Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work, p. 73
Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, p. 87
B. Newhall and Kirstein, The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 30
Steidl, Henri Cartier-Bresson Scrapbook, pl. 16
Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Image and The World, pl. 43
Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 155
French • 1908 - 2004
Candidly capturing fleeting moments of beauty among the seemingly ordinary happenings of daily life, Henri Cartier-Bresson's work is intuitive and observational. Initially influenced by the Surrealists' "aimless walks of discovery," he began shooting on his Leica while traveling through Europe in 1932, revealing the hidden drama and idiosyncrasy in the everyday and mundane. The hand-held Leica allowed him ease of movement while attracting minimal notice as he wandered in foreign lands, taking images that matched his bohemian spontaneity with his painterly sense of composition.
Cartier-Bresson did not plan or arrange his photographs. His practice was to release the shutter at the moment his instincts told him the scene before him was in perfect balance. This he later famously titled "the decisive moment" — a concept that would influence photographers throughout the twentieth century.
$8,000 - 12,000
New York Auction 12 December 2017