Since Henri Cartier-Bresson’s death in 2004 and Martine Franck’s in 2012, none of the photographers’ prints have been produced for sale. Nevertheless, signed prints produced before their deaths regularly circulate amongst a variety of galleries and auction houses. The Fondation HCB offers a complementary expert-run print verification service as well as official certificates of authenticity.
While a number of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographic prints are currently available on the market, only those printed by Henri Cartier-Bresson in the 1930’s and signed by the photographer himself are intended for collections.
In a letter written in 2000, Henri Cartier-Bresson explains:
“I, Henri Cartier-Bresson, residing in Paris at 198 rue de Rivoli, 75001, declare the following – I have always signed and dedicated my photographic prints to those whom they are offered to – all other prints marked with a “Magnum Photos” stamp or my name, “Henri Cartier-Bresson”, are exclusively my personal property.
All persons in possession of the later cannot be considered the true proprietors of these prints.
Paris, October 30th, 2000
If you would like to know the nature and value of your Henri Cartier-Bresson’s print, please contact the Collections Curator: firstname.lastname@example.org.