15 Jun → 31 Oct 2021
From Tue to Sun from 10 am to 6 pm, except on public holiday. Closed Mon.
For the first exhibition that inaugurate its reopening, the Musée Carnavalet is collaborating with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson. Original prints, publications and audiovisual recordings from both collections present Paris through the eyes of one of the most important photographers of the 20th century. Although Henri Cartier-Bresson was a great traveller, the French capital never ceased to inspire his work. Among his other inspirations was Eugène Atget, whose work revolved around architecture and heritage. In fact, he did a whole documentary work on Parisian streets between 1890 and 1920. His photographic style was both classic and modern and guided his young peer. In an even more modern vision, surrealist artists such as Man Ray and his forms destruction by light, fascinated Henri Cartier-Bresson. Whether he was making documentary reports, responding to institutional commissions or strolling through the streets of Paris, Henri Cartier-Bresson was above all interested in the human being. He never leaves his camera and gives his vision of the world while documenting the society in which he lives. His pictures represent human reality, sometimes sad, or simply the beauty of a city and its buildings, windows and inhabitants.