Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographs New York Thursday, October 4, 2018 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Literature

    Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 231
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image and The World, pl. 316

  • Catalogue Essay

    During Susan Bloom's tenure as Vice President for Worldwide Cultural Affairs at American Express Company, she oversaw the 1979 touring exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer which traveled to 20 cities in the United States and to 23 countries internationally, over 10 years. The photograph offered here, and that in lot 108, both come from Bloom’s collection, and each bears a special inscription from the photographer in recognition of her efforts in sharing his images with the world.

  • 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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Manhattan, New York, USA (bank officer and his secretary)

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
9 1/2 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
Signed, inscribed 'for Susan Bloom, with all my gratitude, et mon amitié... Henri' in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $6,250

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New York Auction 4 October 2018