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Las Vegas

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Las Vegas (Made)

  • Date:

    1947 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver bromide print

  • Museum number:

    PH.673-1978

  • Gallery location:

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

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 group of people gathering around a gaming table in Las Vegas, some seated and some in play, and others standing and looking on. An elderly woman sits in the centre of the composition, her eyes on the table. In the foreground are the chips and roulette. In the background are swarms of figures; they are out of focus.

Place of Origin

Las Vegas (Made)

Date

1947 (Made)

Artist/maker

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

Materials and Techniques

Silver bromide print

Dimensions

Length: 39.5 cm, Height: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a group of people gathering around a gaming table in Las Vegas. USA, 1947.

Subjects depicted

Leisure; Woman; Gambling; Crowd; Table; Elderly; Chips; Roulette; Recreation

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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