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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Los Angeles (made)

  • Date:

    1947 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

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

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

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 taken from a low view-point looking up at a young couple sitting on stools at some form of outside bar. The woman looks intently at something out of the frame, clutching a set of keys in her hand. The man has his arms around her and stares downwards, also seemingly distracted or distant.

Place of Origin

Los Angeles (made)


1947 (made)


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

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print


Height: 53 cm Mount, Width: 38 cm Mount, Height: 40 cm Image, Width: 30 cm Image

Descriptive line

Black and white photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson depicting a wistful young couple sitting on stools at an outside bar in Los Angeles. USA, 1947.




Silver; Photography

Subjects depicted

Leisure; Pillar; Stall; Stool; Couples; Recreation; Seat; Bar; Woman; Man; Affection




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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