Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Modern Century

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Calle Cuauhtemoctzin, Mexico City, 1934-1935; gelatin silver print; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, purchase; © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Juvisy, France, 1938; gelatin silver print, printed 1947; collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York, gift of the photographer; © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York City, 1946; gelatin silver print; Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris; © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Hyères, France, 1932; gelatin silver print; collection The Museum of Modern Art, New York; © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Santa Clara, Mexico, 1934; gelatin silver print; collection The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Willard Van Dyke; © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, World's Fair, Brussels, Belgium, 1958; gelatin silver print; collection Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris; © 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris

October 30, 2010 - January 30, 2011

An innovative artist, trailblazing photojournalist, and quintessential world traveler, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks among the most accomplished and original figures in the history of photography. His inventive images of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of the medium, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with "the decisive moment." This major retrospective offers a fresh look at Cartier-Bresson's entire career, revealing him as one of the great portraitists of the 20th century and one of its keenest observers of the global theater of human affairs.


This exhibition is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. The San Francisco presentation is made possible by major support from The Bernard Osher Foundation. Generous support is provided by the Bernard and Barbro Osher Exhibition Fund.