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Tralee, Ireland

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Ireland (made)

  • Date:

    1963 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photograph

  • Museum number:

    PH.627-1978

  • Gallery location:

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

The Victoria and Albert Museum has over 440 photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), a French photographer who is considered to be one of the fathers of photojournalism and masters of candid photography. He sought to capture the 'everyday' in his photographs and took great interest in recording human activity. He wrote, "For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to 'give a meaning' to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression."

As a reporter and co-founder of the Magnum photography agency, Cartier-Bresson accepted his responsibility to supply information to a world in a hurry. He documented the liberation of Paris, the collapse of the Nationalist regime in China, Gandhi's funeral and the partitioning of Berlin. Cartier-Bresson helped develop the street photography style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed.

Physical description

Black and white photograph of a pathway leading down to villages and the valley floor, framed by mountains and a dramatic sky. In the foreground, two agricultural workers lean against a grass verge conversing, with a dog curled up on top of the grassy bank. A working-horse stands across the road, grazing at the bank.

Place of Origin

Ireland (made)

Date

1963 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Black and white photograph

Dimensions

Length: 39.5 cm, Height: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a horse grazing on the roadside in Tralee, alongside two men conversing, and a resting sheepdog. Ireland, 1963.

Materials

Photographic

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Rural scenes; Settlements and Landscapes; Grazing; Agricultural; Dog; Horse

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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