Henri cartier-bres­son

French 1908-2004

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Cartier-bres­son was a trail­blazer for spon­ta­neous, can­did pho­tog­ra­phy. He trav­elled all over the world as a pho­to­jour­nal­ist, and he was even taken as a pris­oner of war by the Nazis dur­ing World War II. Among Cartier-bres­son’s most fa­mous col­lec­tions is his cov­er­age of the com­mu­nist vic­tory in China, as well as the af­ter­math of Gandhi’s as­sas­si­na­tion in In­dia. In 1952, he pub­lished his book Im­ages à la Sau­vette, which re­mains one of the most cel­e­brated pho­to­graphic works to this day.

Cartier­bres­son was a co-founder of the pres­ti­gious Magnum Pho­tos agency along­side a num­ber of other pho­tog­ra­phers, in­clud­ing Robert Capa

Cartier-bres­son favoured a Le­cia cam­era to cap­ture his pho­to­graphs

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