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Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour Exhibition

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Explore the amazing work of one of photography's pioneers
Henri Cartier-Bresson Harlem, New York, 1947. Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos


French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson was a master at distilling the complexity of the human condition down to a single moment in time, and then capturing that moment beautifully. Cartier-Bresson's images offered something more than just the sum of their parts; there was an unfulfilled narrative there, a loose end that the viewer could take and tie up anyway they wanted.

It is the raw, evocative genius of the man that the Positive View Foundation are hoping to encapsulate with A Question of Colour, their latest exhibition of ten photographs by Cartier-Bresson, to be displayed at Somerset House from November 8th 2012 to January 27th 2013.

This carefully selected collection of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work is accompanied by pieces from contemporary photographers, all of whom derive influence from his legacy. The idea is to illustrate the collection's focal point, which is of course Cartier-Bresson himself and the continued importance of this photographic pioneer in the modern world.

Hailed by many as the originator of modern photojournalism techniques, Henri Cartier-Bresson began his photography career when experimenting with primitive equipment as a young boy in the early part of the 20th century. One of the highlights of a working life that lasted over 70 years was the 1952 book "The Decisive Moment", a collection of images that captured vital, catalytic and sometimes even catastrophic moments in time.

Cartier-Bresson believed that no instance in time was too short to be significant and illustrated the significance of these 'moments' with his work. Head to Somerset House from November and take a look at Henri Cartier-Bresson's work and legacy for yourself.

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Why? To learn about the influence of Henri Cartier-Bresson's amazing career
When: Daily 10.00-18.00, Between 8th November 2012 and 27th January 2013
Where: Somerset House Trust South Building Somerset House Strand London WC2R 1LA
Cost: Free
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