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

  • Object:


  • 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:


  • 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 the pavement, with officials carrying injured people away on stretchers, before guards standing against the gathering crowd. The pavement is scattered with bits of paper and rubbish. The top of the image is framed by a line of legs and feet, all that can be seen of the crowd that has amassed for the coronation of King George.

Place of Origin

London (made)


1937 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print


Length: 39.5 cm, Height: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting officials carrying injured people away on stretchers, after over-crowding at the coronation of King George. Great Britain, 1937.




Silver; Photography

Subjects depicted

Stretcher; Paper; Injury; Urban areas; Rubbish; Coronation; Crowd; Celebration; Legs; Feet; Nurse; Urban; Pavement; Woman; Pavement; Movement; Guards; Police




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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