Dispatch from New York: Henri Cartier-Bresson at MoMA
But as Tuesday’s press preview made very clear, few nudes at MoMA can rival the ones photographed by the legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Opening to the public on Sunday, “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century” is the artist’s first major U.S. retrospective in more than 30 years. Included are 300 photographs, with 220 of them loaned by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris, which was established in 2002, two years before the photographer died at 95.
There’s the chance to see how prints made at different times can alter the images, plus portraits of everyone from authors Capote, Camus and Pound to artists Matisse, Bonnard and Giacometti. Also on view are both the framed images and the original issues of Life or Paris Match in which appeared such things as his extraordinary 1949 photo of a crowd rushing a bank in Shanghai.
From MoMA, the exhibition travels to the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Atlanta’s High Museum of Art.
-- Barbara Isenberg
Top: "Greenfield, Indiana," 1960, Henri Cartier-Bresson. Gelatin silver print, 10 7/16x15 3/8 inches (26.5x39.1 cm)
Bottom: "Juvisy, France." 1938 Henri Cartier-Bresson. Gelatin silver print, printed 1947, 9 1/8 x13 11/16 inches (23.3x34.8 cm)
Credit: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of the photographer. © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson