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Published 20 April 2018

Henri Cartier-Bresson

The Decisive Moment

International Center of Photography, New York, United-States
Wednesday 23 May 2018 - Sunday 2 September 2018 - Event ended.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment examines Cartier-Bresson’s influential publication, widely considered to be one of the most important photobooks of the twentieth century. Pioneering for its emphasis on the photograph itself as a unique narrative form, The Decisive Moment was described by Robert Capa as “a Bible for photographers.” Originally titled Images à la Sauvette (“images on the run”) in the French, the book was published in English with a new title, The Decisive Moment, which unintentionally imposed the motto which would define Cartier-Bresson’s work.

 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), cover. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), cover. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 19-20, Sunday on the banks of the Seine, France, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 25–26, Italy, 1933. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 69, Henri Matisse and his model Micaela Avogadro, Vence, France, 1944. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 68, Truman Capote, New Orleans, United States, July 1946. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 57, Downtown, Manhattan, New York, United-States, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 99–100, Gandhi’s funeral, Delhi, India, 1948. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson Boston, United States, 1947 USA. Massachusetts. Boston. 1947. From Images à la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), p. 59-60 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson es derniers jours de Kuomintang, Shanghai, Chine, décembre 1948 – janvier 1949 Last days of Kuomintang, Shanghai, China, December 1948 – January 1949 From Images à la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), p. 127-128 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
Preview thumbnail for artwork Henri Cartier-Bresson Spain and Spanish Morocco, 1933 (detail) From Images à la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), p. 29-30 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
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The exhibition details how the decisions made by the collaborators in this major project—including Cartier-Bresson, French art publisher Tériade, American publisher Simon & Schuster, and Henri Matisse, who designed the book’s cover—have shaped our understanding of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs. Through vintage gelatin silver prints, first-edition publications, periodicals, and correspondence, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment brings new insights to this iconic work.

2Special Thanks
ICP’s presentation of Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment has been made possible by First Republic Bank, public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Joseph and Joan Cullman Foundation for the Arts, Inc. The exhibition was organized by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 19-20, Sunday on the banks of the Seine, France, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 25–26, Italy, 1933. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 69, Henri Matisse and his model Micaela Avogadro, Vence, France, 1944. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 68, Truman Capote, New Orleans, United States, July 1946. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 57, Downtown, Manhattan, New York, United-States, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (Simon & Schuster, 1952), p. 99–100, Gandhi’s funeral, Delhi, India, 1948. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson Boston, United States, 1947 USA. Massachusetts. Boston. 1947. From Images à la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), p. 59-60 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson es derniers jours de Kuomintang, Shanghai, Chine, décembre 1948 – janvier 1949 Last days of Kuomintang, Shanghai, China, December 1948 – January 1949 From Images à la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), p. 127-128 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
 - Henri Cartier-Bresson Spain and Spanish Morocco, 1933 (detail) From Images à la Sauvette (Verve, 1952), p. 29-30 © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos
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