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.

CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS, 1963 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

CLAUDE LEVI-STRAUSS, 1963

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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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IGOR STRAVINSKY, 1967 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

IGOR STRAVINSKY, 1967

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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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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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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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SOLDIERS IN FRONT OF SAINT ISAACS CATHEDRAL, LENINGRAD, 1973 by HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON (1908-2004) - photograph for sale from Beetles & Huxley

SOLDIERS IN FRONT OF SAINT ISAACS CATHEDRAL, LENINGRAD, 1973

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