Henri Cartier-Bresson - Impressions Parisiennes: Une Collection de Photographies Paris Thursday, November 30, 2023 | Phillips
  • Description

    Gelatin silver print, printed later.
    44.4 x 25.7 cm (17 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)
    Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

  • Literature

    C. Chéroux, Aperture Masters of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York: Aperture, 1987, frontispiece, p. 65, there dated circa 1919
    P. Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Image and The World, London: Thames & Hudson, 2003, pl. 4
    C. Chéroux, Discoveries: Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York: Abrams, 2008, p. 26
    C. Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, London: Thames & Hudson, 2014, pl. 88

  • 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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Autoportrait, Paris

c. 1932
Tirage argentique postérieur.
44.4 x 25.7 cm (17 1/2 x 10 1/8 in.)
Signé à l’encre et timbre sec du photographe dans la marge.

6,000 - 8,000 ‡♠

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Impressions Parisiennes: Une Collection de Photographies

Paris Auction 30 November 2023