Sunday, 15 August 2004
This Man Changed The Way We See
CREDIT: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum HCB Retrospective
WHERE: France & worldwide. WHAT: one of the all time greats of photography.
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It is hard to imagine any meaningful listing of the world's greatest photographers that did not include Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). HCB died earlier this month, on 03 August, at his home in the department of Luberon, France. The Magnum cooperative, of which he was one of the founder members, is running a retrospective [349 images], and showing a family album [40 images].
Analytical commentary seems superfluous, so we just chose five pictures that we thought had changed the way we see the world after viewing them over the years. One of them, even after hundreds of sightings, is still a powerful visual enigma wrapped in a trompe d'oeil mystery. Whittling the selection down, to say 348, was not too hard, and getting down to 5 was easy, about 1,000 times over.
Regrets, we had a few, but finally the Irish horse was the hardest to reject, along with the other 343 that we were unable to show. Some personal favorites are missing, too: where has that boy gone? Check the Peter Fetterman Gallery.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)