16 April 2008

Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, France - by Henry Cartier-Bresson 1938

Henry Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

Um dos mais conhecidos e importantes fotógrafos do século XX, esteve preso durante a 2ª Guerra Mundial tendo escapado à terceira tentativa. Em 1947 funda a Agência de Fotografos MAGNUM, ainda hoje a mais prestigiada agência de fotografia do Mundo.

From Magnum site

"Born in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, Henri Cartier-Bresson developed a strong fascination with painting early on, and particularly with Surrealism. In 1932, after spending a year in the Ivory Coast, he discovered the Leica - his camera of choice thereafter - and began a life-long passion for photography.

Taken prisoner of war in 1940, he escaped on his third attempt in 1943 and subsequently joined an underground organization to assist prisoners and escapees. In 1945 he photographed the liberation of Paris with a group of professional journalists and then filmed the documentary Le Retour (The Return).

In 1947 he founded MAGNUM PHOTOS with Robert Capa, George Rodger, David 'Chim' Seymour and William Vandivert.

From 1968 he began to curtail his photographic activities, preferring to concentrate on drawing and painting. In 2003, with his wife and daughter, he created the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris for the preservation of his work. Cartier-Bresson received an extraordinary number of prizes, awards and honorary doctorates. He died at his home in Provence on 3 August 2004, a few weeks short of his 96th birthday.

image from MagnumPhotos