Henri Cartier-Bresson has always given a tremendous importance to the quality of the work and advice surrounding his work. His relationship with the Pictorial Service is essential.
“In the 1930s, Pierre Gassmann met a young Frenchman at the Café du Dôme in Paris, who simply introduced himself as Henri. He later learnt that he was called Cartier-Bresson. After the war, when he saw Henri Cartier-Bresson's proofs, Pierre offered to redo the prints just to see. He found the prints more interesting and a discussion ensued. Pierre G. knows how to reproduce the photographer's intuition when he presses on the shutter. A mutual respect and friendship developed between HCB and Pierre G. which are still strong today.
When the Magnum agency project was born, Pierre Gassmann agreed with the idea, but decided not to join Magnum and founded Pictorial Service in 1950, a professional laboratory for photographers. He very soon became – and has been ever since – a symbolic shareholder in the agency, alongside his friends Capa, Chim, HCB, etc… .
Pierre Gassmann has therefore quite naturally been involved throughout his life in major exhibition projects, particularly that of Henri Cartier-Bresson, and especially his retrospectives in 1965 and 1981. It is with pleasure that Pierre's son, Edy Gassmann, now the CEO of Picto, is taking over from his father and accompanying the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. For the HCB retrospective at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2003, Picto will produce the prints for both the exhibition and book.”
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