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Ivry sur Seine

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Made)

  • Date:

    1955 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    PH.495-1978

  • Gallery location:

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

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 taken on the banks of the River Seine, with an industrial scene in the distance, and a running dog in the middleground. The foreground is dominated by a large tree trunk, and an elderly couple sitting next to it on deckchairs.

Place of Origin

Paris (Made)

Date

1955 (Made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Length: 39.5 cm, Height: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Gelatin silver print by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting an elderly couple seated under a tree by the river at Ivry sur Seine. France, 1955.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Silver; Photography

Subjects depicted

Leisure; Tree; Industry; Deck-chairs; Dog; Elderly; River

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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