Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment”—the title of his first major book.
I planned this trip to see Henri Cartier-Bresson last year. I picked a Thursday hoping it wouldn’t be crowded. Same for a day near the end of it’s run at SFMOMA.
I arrived at the Museum around noon and saw no crowds at the entrance. No lines at the ticket booth. No crowds inside the atrium, or anywhere else, until I actually got inside the Cartier-Bresson display rooms.
Crowds in every room. Where did they come from? Maybe like me from all over the West. Since this is the only showing on Pacific coast and the last location will be the High Museum of Art, Atlanta February 19th to May 29th.
There was so much to see that it took me 2 hours to make my first walk through the entire show. Left to have a late lunch and returned to spend another hour and half visiting with Mr Cartier-Bresson again. For both visits I started at the beginning of his career and walked all the way to the end.
This is one of the few retrospectives that you REALLY need to start at the beginning and walk through time with the photographer.
If only money wasn’t a problem I would spend even more time visiting with Henri.
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