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"While magazines can guarantee photographs a wide distribution, there are always strings attached, and books can not provide all the space the artist requires. With a personal show on the other hand, the artist is a free agent and he can make his own decisions. Henri Cartier-Bresson always takes great care with his exhibitions, and often it is while organizing a show that he makes crucial judgements about his work."

Extracts from the text written by Philippe Arbaizar, L’oeuvre exposée, in De qui s'agit-il, published by Gallimard / BnF.

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s exhibitions are widely presented throughout the world. Magnum Photos is responsible for their circulation in collaboration with the Foundation.


• Cartier-Bresson / The early work
85 black & white photographs (50x65cm), matted and framed.
Reference book: Henri Cartier-Bresson. The Early Work. Texts by Peter Galassi. Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1987.

In 1932, at the age of twenty-four, Henri Cartier-Bresson acquired a hand held Leica camera and his previously casual interest in photography became a passion. Over the next three years he created one of the most original and influential bodies of work in the history of photography.

• Cartier-Bresson / Mexican Notebooks
44 black & white photographs (40x50cm), matted.
Reference book: Mexican Notebooks 1934-1964. Text by Carlos Fuentes. Thames and Hudson, London, 1994.

A very touching and intimate look at everyday life in Mexico, in which Cartier-Bresson's experienced eye has also captured the powerful light that alludes to heat, poverty, and the history that pervades this country. This exhibition is disturbing, humorous, spiritual, and abstract.

• Cartier-Bresson / Commented Images
45 black & white photographs matted and framedsize of the frames 75x100cm.
Reference book: L'Image et les Mots. Delpire, Paris, 2003.
45 Images, among Cartier Bresson's most inspirational, commented by intellectuals, writers, critics, photographers or simply by the author's friends, who further the themes tied in with photography: his communicative power, his statistic peculiarities, his role.

• Cartier-Bresson / Paris
83 black & white photographs (55x70 cm), matted and framed.
Reference book : Henri Cartier-Bresson, A propos de Paris. Texts by Véra Feyder and André Pieyre de Mandiargues. Thames and Hudson, London, 1994.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, during his night and day walks from one end of Paris to the other, did not stop snapping. The exhibition collects his best photographs of Paris, ancient and recent, well known and never seen before.

• Cartier-Bresson / Russia
48 black & white photographs (27 61x80cm and 21 88x116cm), matted and framed.
Reference book : About Russia. Thames and Hudson, London, Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1973.

“After nineteen years since the first trip, I longed to go back and revisit Russia. There is nothing more revealing than comparing a country with itself by grasping its differences and trying to discover the thread of its continuity” (Henri Cartier-Bresson)

• Cartier-Bresson / America
106 black & white photographs (19 30x40cm, 82 40x50cm, 5 60x90cm), matted.
Reference book: Henri Cartier-Bresson, America in Passing. Introduction by Gilles Mora. Bulfinch, New York,1991.

"There was plenty of glitz in America in the Sixties and Seventies, yes and in the Forties, the era of the pictures, but clearly Cartier-Bresson was trying to get behind it to the substance of American society. And since his is fundamentally a tragic vision, he reacted most feelingly to what in America he saw as related to its decay, its pain" (Arthur Miller).

• Cartier-Bresson / Towards another future
33 black & white photographs, (10 32x42cm, 19 42x52cm, 3 52x67cm, 1 79x103cm), framed and 1 collage (32x42cm).
Reference book: Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Vers un autre futur, un regard libertaire", Nautilus, Paris, 2000.

In a world that is collapsing under the weight of investments, invaded by the devastating sirens of techno-science, the voracity of power, by internationalization -a new type of slavery- despite all this, friendship and love do exist. (H. C. B)

• Cartier-Bresson / Europeans
184 black & white photographs (147 53x68cm, 37 43x58cm), matted and framed.
Reference book: Europeans. Texts by Jean Clair. Thames and Hudson, London,1997.

On the whole, it is nearly half a century of wanderings, from the Thirties to the Seventies, that make up the material in the present exhibition which, forty years after “Europeans”, tells us once again about this continent

• Cartier-Bresson / In India
80 black & white photographs (49 55x80cm, 31 45x55cm) matted and framed, with French captions included.
Reference book: Henri Cartier-Bresson in India. Introduction by Satyajit Ray, photographs and notes by Henri Cartier-Bresson, texts by Yves Véquaud. Thames and Hudson, London, 1987.

Témoignage de la fascination de Cartier-Bresson pour l'Inde durant plus de la moitié de sa vie, cette exposition contient les plus belles des images qu'il a faites de ce pays en six longues visites, la première fois lors de l'Indépendance, et plus récemment, en 1987.

• Cartier-Bresson / Landscapes
105 black & white photographs (20 86x113cm and 85 58x73cm), matted and framed.
Reference book : Henri Cartier-Bresson, Landscape Townscape. Texts by Erik Orsenna and Gérard Macé. Thames and Hudson, London, 2001.

In over 100 landscapes taken throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S., each image represents one of Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moments." Although some photographs contain people, the focus is on outdoor surroundings, the landscapes of Nature and the landscapes of Man.

• Cartier-Bresson / Portraits
121 black & white photographs (18 110x80cm, 103 60x80cm), framed.
Reference book: Henri Cartier-Bresson : Tête à tête, texts by Ernst H.Gombrich. Thames & Hudson, London,1998.

The exhibition reproduces a dazzling selection of the most unforgettable portraits taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Beside famous people are also anonymous portraits of ordinary men and woman chosen because.