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Henri Cartier-Bresson


Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1954

Cartier-Bresson was born 1908 in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, France and died in August 2004.

Known for:
Street photographer / photojournalist
The Decisive Moment, first published in 1950.

Most Popular Images:
Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1954 (Boy with Bottles)
Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932
Siphnos, Greece, 1961
Srinigar, Kashmir, India, 1948
On the Banks of the Marne, France, 1938

Did you know ... ?
• All of Cartier-Bresson's compositions are done at the time of exposure, and all of his photos (except Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932) include the black border of the negative, indicating that no cropping is done in the darkroom.
• Henri Cartier-Bresson calls photography "instantaneous drawing." He drew and painted early in his life and has recently returned to it again.
• The "boy with the bottles" in Rue Mouffetard, Paris, 1954 (above) recently celebrated his 50th birthday and Cartier-Bresson joined in the festivities.

Quote:
"We are passive onlookers in a world that moves perpetually. Our only moment of creation is that 1/125th of a second when the shutter clicks, the signal is given, and motion is stopped..."

General Format:
Black & white silver gelatin in 11" x 14" and 16" x 20" sizes (30 x 40 cm and 40 x 50 cm)

How many photographs exist?
Of the popular images, there are from 100 to 700 in existence. Of all others, less than 100 exist.

Prices:
11" x 14" $12,500 - $35,000
16" x 20" $15,000 - $35,000

View Henri Cartier-Bresson's Photographs

How are the photographs printed and signed?
Printed under the supervision of the artist, all photographs are signed boldly in ink au recto (front) and, since 1980, include an embossed copyright stamp.

Vintage:
Vintage prints of Cartier-Bresson's work are quite rare, but occasionally available -- mostly "Magnum Stamps, 8" x 10" images from late 40s and early 50s. Vintage means that the print date is at or near the same time as the negative date.

Technical Information:
Cartier-Bresson uses a Leica 35mm camera. In fact, he popularized the small camera.

Portfolios:
Cartier-Bresson has never produced a portfolio..

Books - In Print (order yours now!):
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer SOLD OUT
Europeans (reprint) SOLD OUT
A Propos de Paris SOLD OUT
Tete a Tete: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson SOLD OUT
In India (reprint soft cover)
SOLD OUT

Books - Out of Print:
The Decisive Moment
Mexican Notebooks
In India Soft cover $34.50
Henri Cartier-Bresson (PhotoPoche)
Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art
America in Passing

Availability:
All published images are available at A Gallery for Fine Photography, which has the largest inventory of Cartier-Bresson's works in the world.

Price History:
1976 $500
1986 $2,500
1996 $3,500 - $5,000

2001 $4,000 - $5,500
2005 $13,000-$25,000
2014 $15,000-$35,000

Authenticity is guaranteed. Prices and availability are subject to change without prior notice.

 

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