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Robert Oppenheimer 1958

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1958 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photograph

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case X, shelf 918, box S

Physical description

Black and white photograph depicting the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, also known as the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the Manhattan project, developing the first nuclear weapons during WWII. He is seated behind a desk with a pipe raised to his mouth. On the desk are various pieces of paper, a brown envelope, a stapler, a pen and a pair of spectacles.

Place of Origin

USA (probably, made)


1958 (made)


Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Black and white photograph


Height: 39.5 cm, Width: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting the physicist Robert Oppenheimer. USA, 1958.


Photographic paper



Subjects depicted

Scientists; Portraits; Physicists




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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