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Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World

France. Paris. Place de l'Europe. Gare Saint Lazare

Henri Cartier-Bresson | France. Paris. Place de l'Europe. Gare Saint Lazare 1932 | Collection: Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, Magnum Photos. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

27 August - 27 November 2011 | Queensland Art Gallery

Exclusive to Brisbane in Australia

‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, The Image & The World’ showcases over 260 of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs, selected by Cartier-Bresson and long-time friend and publisher Robert Delpire for an exhibition at the Bibliothèque nationale de France Paris in 2003 before Cartier-Bresson’s death in 2004. The exhibition encompasses his portraits as well as his travels through Mexico, Indonesia, Europe, China, Japan, the United States and the Middle East, and presents some of Cartier-Bresson’s most acclaimed images from the breadth of his career alongside a selection of his documentary films.

Cartier-Bresson is responsible for some of the most iconic photographic images of portraiture and photojournalism. In many cases his photographs have become defining records of modern history, portraits of European culture from the 1930s to the 1970s, and examples of a ‘decisive moment’ — a phrase often used to describe Cartier-Bresson’s works, which can illustrate action, emotion and an entire story in a single image. Cartier-Bresson’s work focuses on humanity and, often preferring to blend into a situation, his camera captured faces and bodies full of emotion and intentions both intimate and bold.

Cartier-Bresson travelled extensively to document some of the most significant historical events of the twentieth century. His celebrated assignments for Life and other magazines not only reshaped photojournalism but gave its readership rare insight into world events such as the impact of MK Gandhi’s assassination in India in 1948, the fall of the Kuomintang and Mao Zedong’s communist troops marching into the Chinese capital in 1948 and into 1949 and life behind the Iron Curtain in the Soviet Union during 1950s.

A freelancer throughout his working life, Cartier-Bresson, together with fellow photojournalist Robert Capa, founded the Magnum photographic agency which not only elevated the art of photojournalism but won recognition and representation for photographers’ interests.

Education resource

A free online resource for secondary levels is available for teachers to download and print for students to complete during a visit to the exhibition. Download your copy of the Henri Cartier-Bresson education resource here.

Volunteer Guided Tours

11.00am and 2.00pm (commencing 28 August)
Tours are free with purchase of an exhibition ticket. Meet your volunteer guide inside the exhibition entrance.

Interactive Tours

You can use an iPhone or Smartphone to access images, videos, interviews and more about ‘Henri Cartier-Bresson’. iPhone users, download the Gallery’s free app. Smartphone users, download any QR reader to access tour information. Free wi-fi is available throughout the Gallery. Connect to ‘QAGGOMAwifi’