Picturing the Modern Century: Henri Cartier-Bresson and His Decisive Moment

Related Exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson

Tuesday, December 07, 2010, 12:00 p.m.

Phyllis Wattis Theater

O'Toole explains how Cartier-Bresson helped to define the creative potential of modern photography and photojournalism, and how his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with "the decisive moment."


Erin O'Toole, assistant curator of photography, SFMOMA

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