|“The 20th century
was the century of the image (...).
To tell Henri Cartier-Bresson’s story and to unravel his
work is essentially to tell the story of a look.
Throughout the 20th century, this
roaming, lucid eye has captured the fascination of
Africa in the 1920's, crossed the tragic fortunes of
Spanish republicans, accompanied the liberation of
Paris, caught a weary Gandhi just hours before his
assassination, and witnessed the victory of the
communists in China.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was also
Jean Renoir's assistant on three major films, an artist
who sees himself an artisan but who nevertheless
established Magnum, the most prestigious of all photo
agencies, and who immortalised his major contemporaries
: Mauriac in a state of mystical levitation, Giacometti,
Sartre, Faulkner or Camus, and as many more all taken at
the decisive moment, all portraits for eternity."