Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France, 1992 © Martine Franck/Magnum Photos

FAQ

THE FOUNDATION

How is the Foundation financed?
The Foundation has been recognized by the French Government as being for public benefit but it is a privately financed institution. The Foundation depends on funding to continue restoring its collection, to organize high quality exhibitions and to publish catalogues.

Is the Foundation open for research ? How can one use its facilities?
Individuals may consult the Foundation’s collection for research purposes by taking an appointment with the Foundation’s archival department and presenting a letter of recommendation describing their research project. The majority of the HCB archive can be viewed on the Magnum website: www.magnumphotos.com

Are there other museums neighboring the HCB Foundation?
Yes, you can visit the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain, the Bourdelle Museum, the Museum of the Montparnasse or the Zadkine Museum (amongst others).

What HCB derived merchandise is available for sale?
HCB was against using his name and his works for commercial purposes. However, there are a number of books, catalogues, post cards, posters and calendars available for purchase.

 

HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON

What is the connection between HCB and Magnum?
Henri Cartier-Bresson founded Magnum Photos in 1947 with Robert Capa, David Seymour (Chim), George Rodger and William Vandivert. HCB was no longer a voting member of Magnum since 1965, however his photographs are still distributed by Magnum Photos. The Cultural Department of Magnum Photos is in charge of proposing all HCB exhibitions to institutions and museums. You can find this list in the HCB Exhibition section of the site. You can also view the HCB archive on the Magnum Photos website : www.magnumphotos.com

What works of HCB are visible at the Foundation?
The Foundation uses its permanent collection for temporary exhibits on HCB. Please see consult the Foundation’s program for more details.

Does the Foundation screen HCB films ? Where can I see them?
The Foundation has copies of all HCB films. The Cinemathèque Française in Paris has an extensive collection of HCB films.

 

AWARD

Does the foundation give out grants?
The Foundation gives out the HCB Award every other year.

How does one apply for the HCB Award?
By downloading the application on this site.

How can I be informed of events hosted by the Foundation?
By signing up to the mailing list.

 

PRINTS AND USE OF IMAGES

How can one publish an HCB – Martine Franck photograph?
For any use, please contact Magnum Photos : www.magnumphotos.com

Where one purchase signed prints of  HCB photographs?
Does the Foundation sell HCB prints ?
The Foundation does not sell HCB prints. However if you wish to acquire an HCB print, please email us : contact@henricartierbresson.org

Does the Foundation purchase works by HCB ?
The Foundation is interested in acquiring vintage prints.

How do I know if my photograph is an original HCB Collector’s Print ?
If it is a modern collector’s print, signed on the back with a blind stamp on the left side.
If it is a vintage print, stamped with “HCB” and signed on the back.
If it a press print it is not usually signed and has a Magnum copyright stamp on the back. It is the property of Henri Cartier-Bresson and should not be sold.
For futher information, please send us a email : contact@henricartierbresson.org

Does the Foundation buy work by other artists ?
No.

Does the Foundation accept donations of HCB or other artists ?
All donations of prints must be approved by the board of trustees.

How much is my HCB print worth? Where can I sell it?
You should consult with Christie’s or Sotheby’s who organise photography sales in which HCB works are regularly featured.