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The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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The Museum of Modern Art, 04/11/10-06/28/10

The Art Institute of Chicago, 07/24/10-10/03/10

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 11/06/10-01/30/11

Atlanta
High Museum of Art, 02/16/11-05/15/11

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THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

Text by Peter Galassi.

Offers an entirely new understanding of the photographer's extraordinary career and its overlapping contexts of journalism and art

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most influential and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography. Following World War II, he helped found the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as Life while retaining control over their work. Cartier-Bresson would go on to produce major bodies of photographic reportage, capturing such events as China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, the United States in the postwar boom and Europe as its older cultures confronted modern realities. Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this is the first major publication to make full use of the extensive holdings of the Fondation Cartier-Bresson—including thousands of prints and a vast resource of documents relating to the photographer's life and work. The heart of the book surveys Cartier-Bresson's career through 300 photographs divided into 12 chapters. While many of his most famous pictures are included, a great number of images will be unfamiliar even to specialists. A wide-ranging essay by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum, offers an entirely new understanding of Cartier-Bresson's extraordinary career and its overlapping contexts of journalism and art. The extensive supporting material—featuring detailed chronologies of the photographer's professional travels and of spreads of his picture stories as they appeared in magazines—will revolutionize the study of Cartier-Bresson's work.
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"Born into a prosperous Parisian family in 1908, the precocious Henri Cartier-Bresson was only in his mid-twenties when his wildly inventive pictures, made with a handheld Leica, helped to establish the artistic identity of modern photography. After World War II, his uncanny talent for snatching lasting images from a world in constant motion made him a leading figure in the very different realm of professional photojournalism. In 1947 Cartier-Bresson helped to found the Magnum Photos agency, and within a decade he produced major series of photographs on India and Indonesia at the time of independence, China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, the United States during the postwar boom, and Europe as its old culture confronted wrenching social and cultural change. By the time he retired from photography in the early 1970s, he had created a body of work unique both in its geographical scope and in its historical overview of the vast social, political and cultural transformations of the modern century." --Excerpted from Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century.

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