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Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

by habituallychic

04 . 11 . 10

I don’t normally like to visit museums on bright and sunny days but I may make an exception for the new Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition that opens today at the Museum of Modern Art. Over 300 hundred photographs that span his amazing career will be on view until June 28, 2010. My favorites are his old world views of Europe and his modern look at America. I’d also say that he was the pioneer of today’s popular street fashion photography. Can you imagine if Henri Cartier-Bresson had a blog?! I definitely wouldn’t wait for a rainy day to see this amazing exhibition!

“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1952

“Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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  1. Karena April 11, 2010 | 2:48 pm

    Heather, I love the images and the quotes by this remarkable photographer! The exhibit must be wonderful!

    Art by Karena

  2. jones April 11, 2010 | 3:04 pm

    Fascinating quotes and photos. What impacts me the most is his focus on living in and capturing the moment. Not that easy. Thanks. Mary

  3. The-Countrypolitan April 11, 2010 | 3:31 pm

    What a great exhibit! The subtle nuances that he captures are wonderful… and to think that he was doing this with the more labor intense camera equipment. As wonderful as digital is… I think the older format cameras and processing techniques created greater works of art.

  4. TheIconicBlog.com April 11, 2010 | 5:24 pm

    Looks like a fabulous exhibit. I will have to stop by!x

  5. styleodyssey April 11, 2010 | 5:49 pm

    Wonderful images- especially the first one.
    I’d go see this exhibit, rain or shine!

  6. Lauren April 11, 2010 | 6:42 pm

    Thank you for the introduction, his photographs are fantastic. I can’t wait to check out the exhibition!

  7. Ms Smart April 11, 2010 | 6:45 pm

    great images captured. thanks for sharing. the exhibit must be wonderful. a spin through slices of life, a cake.

  8. artluvr April 12, 2010 | 11:38 am

    Another great blogpost. Thanks for the heads up. This exhibit will be worth coming to NYC to see!

    Sue in RI

  9. kimberj April 12, 2010 | 1:20 pm

    What a truly fabulous exhibit this must be! I wish I could get there to see it. You’ll have to tell us more.

  10. Tabitha April 12, 2010 | 3:16 pm

    Great images, all so wonderfully elegant.

  11. Breathless Ms. Seberg April 12, 2010 | 4:32 pm

    I am SO excited to go see this. He’s been one of my favorites for a long time, and it’ll be great to see so many of his prints up close.


    Ms. Seberg