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Henri Cartier-Bresson China, 1948-49 | 1958

75 min visit

Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation
15 Oct → 9 Feb 2020
From Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Closed Monday.

« An exhibition that reveals a defining moment in the history of photojournalism! »

For the first time, the HCB Foundation is dedicating its entire new space to Henri Cartier-Bresson. Her exhibition presents two key events in Chinese history that the photographer witnessed: the fall of the Kuomintang and the establishment of the communist regime (1948-1949), and Mao Zedong's "Great Leap Forward" (1958). On November 25, 1948, Henri Cartier-Bresson received a commission from Life magazine to report on the "last days of Beijing" before the arrival of the Maoist troops. Come for two weeks, he'll stay ten months. Over the months, his testimonies of "traditional" lifestyles and the establishment of a new order (Beijing, Hangchow, Nanjing, Shanghai), produced in full freedom of action, have met with great success in Life and the best international news magazines (including Paris Match, which has just been created). This major moment in the history of photojournalism comes at the beginning of the Magnum Photos agency, co-founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and David Seymour (Chim). The long stay in China is proving to be a founding moment in the history of photojournalism: this multi-reporting takes place at the beginning of the Magnum Photos agency, which Henri Cartier-Bresson co-founded eighteen months earlier in New York, and brings a new style, less eventful, more poetic and distant, attentive to people as much as to the balances of the image. Unpublished, the exhibition includes 114 original prints from 1948-1949, 40 prints from 1958, and numerous archival documents.


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