Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographs London Friday, September 25, 2020 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, New York, 9 October 2009, lot 125

  • Literature

    Y. Bonnefoy, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, Boston: New York Graphic Society/ Little, Brown, 1979, pl. 20
    P. Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work, New York: MoMA, 1987, pp. 41, 127
    R. L. Kirschenbaum, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Tokyo: Pacific Press Service, 1989, pl. 7
    H. Cartier-Bresson et al., Scrapbook, Photographs 1932–1946 , London: Thames & Hudson, 2006, pl. 77, titled 'Sliding doors of the bullfight arena'

  • Artist Biography

    Henri Cartier-Bresson

    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. 

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Roman Amphitheatre, Valencia, Spain

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
24.2 x 35.9 cm (9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in.)
Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

£6,000 - 8,000 ‡♠

Sold for £10,625

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London Auction 25 September 2020