Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson

01 Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop, New York. 1947
Joseph Alsop and Stewart Alsop, New York. 1947


I almost missed the MoMA's exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographs at its top floor. At first glance — unlike Irving Penn and Richard Avedon — the pictures did not have an immediate hold on me. But when I approached them, just as with paintings, I became transfixed.

There is a magnetic quality to the images, which appear frozen in motion even if the subjects are in repose. I fell in love with the richness of life that Bresson captured in his photographs, the personality that he prodded from his portraits.

They do not require any words (except of course their titles). Here are scans from the book that was released with the show: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century.


02b François Mauriac, Paris. 1952
François Mauriac, Paris. 1952


03 Albert Camus, Paris. 1944
Albert Camus, Paris. 1944


04 Julien Gracq, France. 1984
Julien Gracq, France. 1984


05 Pierre Bonnard, Le Cannet, France. 1944
Pierre Bonnard, Le Cannet, France. 1944


06 Henri Matisse, Vence, France. 1944
Henri Matisse, Vence, France. 1944


07 Pierre Josse, Alberto Giacometti's studio, Paris. 1961
Pierre Josse, Alberto Giacometti's studio, Paris. 1961


08 Alfred Stieglitz, New York. 1946
Alfred Stieglitz, New York. 1946


09 Truman Capote, New Orleans. 1947
Truman Capote, New Orleans. 1947


10 William Faulkner, Oxford, Mississippi. 1947
William Faulkner, Oxford, Mississippi. 1947


11 George Balanchine, New York. 1959
George Balanchine, New York. 1959


12 Jean-Marie Le Clezio with his wife, Paris. 1965
Jean-Marie Le Clezio with his wife, Paris. 1965


13 Carl Jung, Küssnacht, Switzerland. 1959
Carl Jung, Küssnacht, Switzerland. 1959


14 Ezra Pound, Venice. 1971
Ezra Pound, Venice. 1971


15 André Malraux, Paris. 1968
André Malraux, Paris. 1968

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