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.

HENRI MATISSE AT HIS HOME, 'LE REVE', VENCE, FRANCE, 1944 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

HENRI MATISSE AT HIS HOME, 'LE REVE', VENCE, FRANCE, 1944

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