Juvisy, France

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.

Date:

1955, printed 1956

Artist:

Henri Cartier-Bresson
French, 1908–2004

About this artwork

Henri Cartier-Bresson originated the phrase “the decisive moment”—the instant when everything in the camera’s frame aligns serendipitously to create the perfect composition. A founder of Magnum, a cooperative photographic agency formed in 1947 to give photographers creative control over their own images, Cartier-Bresson traveled the world as a photojournalist. The Art Institute acquired seven of his photographs in 1962, including this image of children playing beside the Seine, precisely framed and divided by gravel, pathways, and shrubs. Edwards later wrote in a letter: “There are many great photographs by Cartier-Bresson, but this always remains my favorite.”

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Photography

Artist

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Title

Juvisy, France

Origin

France

Date

1955

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Inscriptions

Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, on mount, upper right, sideways, in graphite: "#42"; verso, on mount, upper center, in graphite: "5 [encircled]"

Dimensions

19.7 × 29.5 cm (image/paper); 55.9 × 45.8 cm (mount)

Credit Line

Photography Gallery Restricted Gift Fund

Reference Number

1962.184

Extended information about this artwork

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