Sam Tata - Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Henry Feldstein, New York

  • Literature

    Cartier-Bresson, Beautiful Jaipur, p. 2

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Shanghai born Sam Tata photographed Henri Cartier-Bresson sometime after the two met while working in India in 1947. A founding member of the Shanghai Camera Club, Tata was a well-established portraitist, and like Cartier-Bresson, often photographed in the street with his trusty Leica. This portrait of Cartier-Bresson, camera in hand, was illustrated as a full page in the introduction to Beautiful Jaipur. An early, and rare book by Cartier-Bresson, Beautiful Jaipur was published by the state government of Jaipur in December 1948.


Portrait of Henri Cartier-Bresson

circa 1948
Gelatin silver print.
11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. (29.8 x 25.1 cm)
Signed, titled 'Henri Cartier-Bresson' and inscribed 'PO Box 904 Shanghai' in ink on the verso; signed, titled, annotated 'Beautiful Jaipur' in pencil on the mount.

$5,000 - 7,000 

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century

New York Auction 12 December 2017