Sunday 30 March 2014


“Henri,” according to American photographer Willard Van Dike,“who was not only an intellectual but a maverick, used to go down to Wall Street so he could find a Rolls-Royce or a Cadillac to spit on.”  
(Taken from this Financial Times article).

This week we visited the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris. The expo covers over 70 years of Cartier-Bresson life, and features over 500 early and recent drawings, black and white photographs, archives, paintings, the films he worked in with Jean Renoir and the ones he directed.

I've read an article by Sean O'Hagan in The Guardian saying that this exhibition was amazing as it revealed some aspects little known of his work, such as his strong political commitment with communism and his surrealistic explorations. I would add that the way the exhibit is curated emphasizes the recurrent themes that Cartier-Bresson was always curious about, and how because of his persistence (as well as his already well-known amazing eye), he managed to create an incredible rich body of work that the spectators have the pleasure to witness in detail at the Pompidou Centre.

If you happen to be in Paris, or if you are coming before the 9th of April, don't miss it, it's totally worth it!

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