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Siena, 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


Siena, Italy


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1933


Gelatin silver print


Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, upper center, in black ink: "Henri Cartier-Bresson"; stamped verso, upper center, in blue ink: "c/o Julien Levy Galleries / 602 Madison Ave / New York City USA"; inscribed verso, center, in black ink: "Siena"; verso, center, in blue ink: "Italie"; stamped verso, center, in pink ink: Photo: Henri CARTIER-BRESSON / Mention Obligatoire"; inscribed verso, center, in graphite: "N.Y."; verso, lower center, in graphite: "1" [encircled]; verso, lower left, in graphite: "X"


25 × 16 cm (9 7/8 × 6 5/16 in.)

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Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund

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