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Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




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


Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1933


Gelatin silver print


Verso center in ink "Henri Cartier-Bresson, 31 rue de Lisbonne, Paris 8" Lower right in pencil "37647, J. Levy" Upper right in ink "18" Upper left in pencil "016"


20.1 × 29.7 cm (7 15/16 × 11 3/4 in.)

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Julien Levy Collection, Gift of Jean and Julien Levy

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