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Paris. La Villette. 1929

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (Made)

  • Date:

    1929 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white photograph

  • Museum number:

    PH.497-1978

  • 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 of a street scene in which a man in ragged clothes lies on the pavement, whilst a female passer-by looks on.

Place of Origin

Paris (Made)

Date

1929 (Made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Black and white photograph

Dimensions

Length: 29.5 cm, Height: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph depicting a man in ragged clothes lying on a pavement in La Villette, Paris. France, 1929.

Materials

Photographic

Techniques

Photography

Subjects depicted

Woman; Poverty; Vehicles; Buildings; Beggar

Categories

Photographs; Poverty

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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