Henri Cartier-Bresson: Images à la Sauvette
The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson presents an exhibition dedicated to the famous publication Images à la Sauvette
Since its publication in 1952, Images à la Sauvette by Henri Cartier-Bresson has come to be thought of as the “Bible for photographers” – according to Robert Capa’s own words. Images à la Sauvette is the fruit of joined efforts of the famous art publisher, Tériade, the photographer himself, two American publishers, Simon and Schuster, and a painter – Henri Matisse, who designed the original jacket. The publication of the book represented a turning point in the life of the photographer who co-founded Magnum Photos only a few years earlier in 1947.
The French title was concepted with Cartier-Bresson’s brother-in-law and cinema historian Georges Sadoul, and evokes the snatchers or street peddlers. Cartier-Bresson attested that the meaning of this idiomatic expression, the street vendors ready to run at the first request for a license, is very akin to his approach to capturing images. Tériade would then prompt the Cardinal de Retz quote, the epigraph to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s introductory text: “There is nothing in this world which does not have its decisive moment”. The American publisher hesitated to use a translation of the original French title and opted for something punchier, The Decisive Moment.
An exhibition at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris, which runs until April 23, 2017, presents a selection of vintage prints as well as numerous archival documents that revisit the history of this publication.
From January 11, 2017
To April 23, 2017
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2, impasse Lebouis