© Chiara Samugheo
© Chiara Samugheo
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HENRI CARTIER - BRESSON

Henri Cartier-Bresson was born in Chanteloup, France, in 1908. The eye of the Century, HCB, many are the nick names for Cartier-Bresson. With a Leica got as a gift, he left France in his twenties started travelling through southern Europe in Spain, Italy, Greece. All his photographic life is tight to this little camera. HCB was also interested in drawings, cinema (he was also assistant to Jean Renoir on three major films) and philosophy and we can see all these aspects in his images. His theory of Decisive Moment is formulated by noticing how reality can be freezed in a plastic and armonious way. His initial style comes from German Bauhaus and Soviet constructivism but later his pictures are sharp like drawings. In 1947 together with Capa, Seymour and Rodger, Cartier-Bresson is the co-founder of  Magnum Photos Inc which basically changed the entire Photo-system of the twentieth century. Beside being the most important photographic distribution machine, Magnum has always been a strong political entity. By being part of Magnum HCB ecletic eye focused on the fascination for Africa, the weariness of Gandhi (a few hours before his assassination), and the victory of the Chinese communists, Russia during the Cold War, and more. In last years of his life he quit photography and concentrated more in promoting his artistic shows and publications. His signed prints are collected by Museums worldwide and a Cartier-Bresson Foundation was opened in Paris right after his death, in 2004. The Foundation has been exhibited Cartier-Bresson works worldwide in Museums and galleries. In 2012 a great retrospective exhibition has been held in Seoul, Corea. Photology has been representing Henri Cartier-Bresson (works available for sale) since 1998 with two shows in Milano, I momenti decisivi (1998) and Biografia di uno sguardo (2006), and one public retrospective in Bologna in 2001. Pierre Assouline, who met HCB just recently before his death, wrote his first essay-biography in 2006 which was his first book published in Italy by Photology under the title Biografia di uno sguardo (book available for sale).