Queensland Art Gallery Announces Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World Exhibition

The Queensland Art Gallery presents Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World an exhibition on view 27 August – 27 November 2011.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is responsible for some of the most iconic photographic images of portraiture and photojournalism. In many cases his photographs have become defining records of modern history, portraits of European culture from the 1930s to the 1970s, and examples of a ‘decisive moment’ — a phrase often used to describe Cartier-Bresson’s works, which can illustrate action, emotion and an entire story in a single image. Cartier-Bresson’s work focuses on humanity and, often preferring to blend into a situation, his camera captured faces and bodies full of emotion and intentions both intimate and bold.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, INDIA. Kashmir. Srinagar, 1948. Collection: Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Magnum Photos. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photo.

Born in 1908, Cartier-Bresson travelled extensively to document some of the most significant historical events of the twentieth century. His celebrated assignments for Life magazine not only reshaped photojournalism but gave its readership rare insight into world events such as the Cultural Revolution in China, the impact of MK Ghandi’s assassination in India and life behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union during 1950s.

A freelancer throughout his working life, Cartier-Bresson, together with fellow photojournalist Robert Capa, founded the Magnum photographic agency which not only elevated the art of photojournalism but won recognition and representation for photographers’ interests.

‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World’ showcases over 260 of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs, selected by Cartier-Bresson and long-time friend and publisher Robert Delpire before Cartier-Bresson’s death in 2004. The exhibition encompasses his portraits as well as his travels through Mexico, Indonesia, Europe, China, Japan, the United States and the Middle East, and presents some of Cartier-Bresson’s most acclaimed images from the breadth of his career alongside a selection of his documentary films.


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