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Henri Cartier-Bresson: A visual witness to the world and its people


His photos look so intimate; it is almost as if no one knew he was there. Invisible to the world, Henri Cartier Bresson captured expressions, feelings and acts so honestly that together they make a photographic reel of the 20th Century. 

Considered by many to be the father of photojournalism, firstly through the lens of a Box Brownie and later with a Leica camera, Cartier-Bresson managed to immortalize historical moments. Among these informative snap shots, we can find:

  • • 1937 Coverage of King George VI coronation
  • • 1936-1939 the Spanish civil war
  • • 1944 the liberation of paris
  • • 1948 Ghandi´s funeral in India
  • • 1949 last stages of the Chinese civil war
  • • 1968 student rebellion in Paris

He also produced a collection of portrait photographers including artists such as Picasso, Matisse, Camus, Colette, Pound and Giacometti. 

In addition, as well as working behind the camera, he got a feel for being the subject of a photo. He achieved this by acting in films produced by Jean Renoir and participating in the making of a film for the Communist party and an anti-fascist film to promote the Republican medical services during the Spanish civil war.

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