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Trieste, Italy

A work made of gelatin silver print.

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.


1930, printed 1930/39


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


Trieste, Italy


France (Artist's nationality:)

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Made 1930


Gelatin silver print


Unmarked recto; inscribed verso, upper right, in black ink: "40"; stamped verso, center, in black ink: "JULIEN LEVY GALLERY / 602 MADISON AVENUE / NEW YORK CITY"; signed verso, lower center, in black ink: "Henri Cartier-Bresson"; verso, lower right, in graphite: "[?]"; verso, lower center, in graphite: "6" [encircled]


Image/paper: 22.3 × 29.6 cm (8 13/16 × 11 11/16 in.)

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Julien Levy Collection, Special Photography Acquisition Fund

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