Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition showing at the qag
“To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeting realities.”
His work has been described as capturing that “decisive moment” which became the title of his first major book. Viewing his work for the first time in an exhibition proved to be a personal decisive moment leading to a new place in the viewfinder.
In the main exhibition rooms (where you pay a modest entrance fee) there are 260 black and white framed prints representing work from the photographer’s extensive assignments and travels.
His works are all about the people. Ordinary gestures and everyday behaviour. Whether they are important or unknown. They may live in Europe, Asia, Eastern Europe, USA..wherever he travelled he was poised to capture the human condition.
There are two screening rooms showing a documentary made by the photographer and an in-depth interview with Cartier-Bresson and other photographers of the Magnum Photo Agency. Along with Robert Capa and others the Magnum Photo Agency, enabled photojournalists to reach a wide audience through magazines such as Life Magazine yet retain control over their own work.
For more than twenty-five years following World War II Cartier-Bresson was an insightful observer of the global theater of human affairs— and one of the great portraitist of the twentieth century.
Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004
The Man, The Image and the World is showing until Nov 17th 2011 at:
Queensland Art Gallery