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Photograph - Coronation of King George VI, London
  • Coronation of King George VI, London
    Cartier-Bresson, Henri, born 1908 - died 2004
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Coronation of King George VI, London

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1937 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    PH.612-1978

  • Gallery location:

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

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 large crowd of people in Trafalgar Square, many of whom are climbing over one of the great lions, who are celebrating the coronation of King George. In the foreground, two men, one of whom wears a uniform, support an elderly woman on their shoulders. The woman wears an ornate hat and has a bouquet of flowers pinned to her lapel.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1937 (made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

Length: 29.5 cm, Height: 39.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a large crowd of people in Trafalgar Square, many of whom are climbing over one of the great lions, celebrating the coronation of King George. Britain, 1937.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Silver; Photography

Subjects depicted

Working; Reflection; Spectacles; Statue; Lion; Urban; Leisure; Women; Hat; Flower; Celebration; Urban; Lapel; Crowd; Urban parks; Men; Elderly

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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