Henri Cartier-Bresson. Brie, France. 1968

Henri Cartier-Bresson Brie, France 1968

  • Not on view

The two most important developments in photography in the first half of the twentieth century were the emergence of lasting artistic traditions and the rise of mass-circulation picture magazines. Cartier-Bresson was a leading figure in both domains, while also infusing photography with the role of seizing history. In this selection he captured the volatile atmosphere in Paris during May 1968 from the perspective of the masses. Using a handheld camera to snatch beguiling images from fleeting moments, Cartier-Bresson seized the spontaneity of the events, the diversity of the crowds, and the revolutionary sentiment that characterized this year of civil unrest.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
Medium
Gelatin silver print, printed 1968
Dimensions
13 1/16 × 19 1/4" (33.2 × 48.9 cm)
Credit
Gift of the artist
Object number
255.2009
Copyright
© 2023 Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris
Department
Photography
Licensing

If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit https://www.moma.org/research-and-learning/circulating-film.

If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].

Feedback

This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].