Henri Cartier-Bresson photographed throughout his life well-known personalities from the world of arts and science, but also captured many strangers. For the first exhibition presenting original prints from its collection, the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson pays homage to these portraits, all shot off-the-cuff, almost at the "decisive moment", far away from poses and tricks. Say Cartier-Bresson, "A portrait is like a fifteen-to-twenty minutes call. You cannot stay longer, like a mosquito about to bite."
These dialogues "head-to-head", these silent duels with a "consenting victim" generated the most beautiful and moving portraits in photo history, secret portraits that, each in its own way, divulge some morsels of the personality of their author.
Size: 9 1/2 x 8 1/5"
Publisher: Thames & Hudson (Paris, 2006). "The portraits of Henri Cartier-Bresson", Thames & Hudson (London, 2006)