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Bougival, near Paris

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


1956, printed 1957


Henri Cartier-Bresson
French, 1908–2004

About this artwork

Henri Cartier-Bresson became known for “the decisive moment,” an instantaneous composition of a scene, for which the photographer must act quickly and intuitively. As a photojournalist for Magnum Photos, the agency he founded with his colleagues Robert Capa and David “Chim” Seymour, he traveled across the world, photographing some of the most important events of the 20th century. Early in his career, he developed a distinct style of photography and made some of his most famous and enduring images.


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Henri Cartier-Bresson


Bougival, near Paris


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1956


Gelatin silver print


No markings recto or verso


Image/paper: 29.4 × 19.5 cm (11 5/8 × 7 11/16 in.); Mount: 55.7 × 45.8 cm (21 15/16 × 18 1/16 in.)

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Photography Gallery Purchased with funds provided by Fund

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