Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographs New York Thursday, October 7, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Holden Luntz, Palm Beach

  • Literature

    Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, pl. 34, there captioned In a camp of displaced persons waiting for repatriation, a Gestapo informer who has pretended to be a refugee is discovered and exposed by a camp inmate whose face is illuminated by the strong, sharp light of rage.
    Bibliothèque nationale de France, De qui s'agit-il?, p. 78
    Centre Pompidou, Henri Cartier-Bresson: L’exposition, p. 31
    Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, pl. 205
    Chéroux, Aperture Masters of Photography: Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 59
    Clair, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Europeans, p. 147
    Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century, p. 106
    Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art, pl. 151
    B. Newhall and Kirstein, The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson, p. 40
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Image and The World, pl. 79
    Thames & Hudson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer, pl. 68

  • 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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Gestapo informer recognized by a woman she had denounced, Transit Camp, Dessau

Gelatin silver print, printed later.
9 1/2 x 14 in. (24.1 x 35.6 cm)
Signed in ink and copyright credit blindstamp in the margin.

$8,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $11,340

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New York Auction 7 October 2021