HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: A DECISIVE COLLECTION

25 FEBRUARY - 26 MARCH 2015

Born in 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Best known for using a lightweight Leica camera to develop the concept of the "decisive moment", Cartier-Bresson transformed photojournalism into an artform that balanced powerful subject matter with perfectly timed, elegant composition.

Our exhibition is centred around a private collection of prints, curated according to the particular tastes and interests of the collector. As a result, the exhibition contains a fascinating balance of images, some of which are well-known and some of which are virtually unseen. In particular, the collection boasts several unusual sets of photographs including: Paris (particularly during the 1968 student protests); the USSR during the early 1970s; and celebrity portraiture an often overlooked element of Cartier-Bresson's oeuvre. The exhibition features portraits of sitters including Francis Bacon, Albert Camus, Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Igor Stravinsky and other important cultural figures.

'Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Decisive Collection' will be presented in association with Leica, one of the world's most famous camera makers. Leica will be displaying a number of vintage cameras in the gallery, similar to ones used by Cartier-Bresson. The collaboration with Beetles+Huxley will also involve a variety of talks and events throughout the duration of the exhibition in celebration of the photographer's famous association with their brand.

VALENCIA, 1933 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

VALENCIA, 1933

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FRENCH ART DEALER PIERRE COLLE, PARIS, 1932 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FRENCH ART DEALER PIERRE COLLE, PARIS, 1932

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PARIS, 1932 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PARIS, 1932

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JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, 1938 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, 1938

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PICASSO AT HOME IN THE RUE DES GRANDS-AUGUSTINS, PARIS, 1944 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

PICASSO AT HOME IN THE RUE DES GRANDS-AUGUSTINS, PARIS, 1944

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LIBERATION OF PARIS, RUE SAINT HONORE, PARIS, 1944 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LIBERATION OF PARIS, RUE SAINT HONORE, PARIS, 1944

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A YOUNG BELGIAN WOMAN IS DENOUNCED AS A GESTAPO INFORMER, DESSAU, APRIL 1945 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

A YOUNG BELGIAN WOMAN IS DENOUNCED AS A GESTAPO INFORMER, DESSAU, APRIL 1945

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SAUL STEINBERG, VERMONT, 1947 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SAUL STEINBERG, VERMONT, 1947

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BASTILLE DAY PARTY, PARIS, CIRCA 1952 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BASTILLE DAY PARTY, PARIS, CIRCA 1952

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LILYA BRIK, MOSCOW, 1954 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LILYA BRIK, MOSCOW, 1954

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CANTEEN FOR WORKERS BUILDING THE HOTEL METROPOL, MOSCOW, 1954 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CANTEEN FOR WORKERS BUILDING THE HOTEL METROPOL, MOSCOW, 1954

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IVRY-SUR-SEINE, 1955 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IVRY-SUR-SEINE, 1955

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BOUGIVAL, YVELINES, FRANCE, 1956 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

BOUGIVAL, YVELINES, FRANCE, 1956

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COCO CHANEL, PARIS, 1964 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

COCO CHANEL, PARIS, 1964

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DISTRICT OF MENILMONTANT, 20TH ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, 1969 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

DISTRICT OF MENILMONTANT, 20TH ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, 1969

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FRANCIS BACON, LONDON, 1971 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

FRANCIS BACON, LONDON, 1971

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COSMONAUTS, LENINGRAD AVENUE, MOSCOW, 1972 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

COSMONAUTS, LENINGRAD AVENUE, MOSCOW, 1972

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LA DEFENSE, PARIS, FRANCE, 1972 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

LA DEFENSE, PARIS, FRANCE, 1972

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AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES, PARIS, FRANCE, 1968 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

AVENUE DES CHAMPS-ELYSEES, PARIS, FRANCE, 1968

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SATURDAY IN THE SYNAGOGUE, LENINGRAD, 1973 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SATURDAY IN THE SYNAGOGUE, LENINGRAD, 1973

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