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Visit of Fidel Castro, New York

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    New York (made)

  • Date:

    1961 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:

    PH.683-1978

  • 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 number of wooden police barriers containing a group of people, mostly middle-aged women, who have come out to show support for Fidel Castro during his visit to New York in 1961. Almost all of them carry and wave flags; one woman has a sash with 'Welcome' written across it. Many of the figures have their mouths open, obviously shouting in celebration.

Place of Origin

New York (made)

Date

1961 (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 group of people waving Cuban flags behind wooden police barriers during a visit by Fidel Castro to New York. USA, 1961.

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Silver; Photography

Subjects depicted

Flags; Celebration; Crowd scenes; Sash; Barriers; Women

Categories

Photographs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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