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Texas. Uvalde. Lunch wagon. 1947

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Texas (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver bromide print

  • Museum number:


  • 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 casually-dressed middle-aged man seated at a table in a bar, his arms resting upon it with one lifted to his mouth. To the right is a juke-box or quiz machine, flashing with various lights and numbers. To the left is an advertisement for Coca-Cola spanning the whole side of the wall (a larger than life woman holds a bottle in her hand, accompanied by the slogan 'refreshing').

Place of Origin

Texas (made)


1947 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Silver bromide print


Length: 39.5 cm, Diameter: 29.5 cm

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a casually-dressed man seated in a bar, smiling, with a life-size advertisement of a woman drinking Coca-Cola behind him. USA, 1947.




Bromide; Photography

Subjects depicted

Machine; Commerce; Numbers; Arms; Box; Woman; Table; Lights; Man; Leisure; Bar; Bottle; Recreation; Advertisement


Photographs; Advertising


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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