The Museum für Gestaltung Zürich is currently hosting a first of its kind comprehensive retrospective of works by Henri Cartier-Bresson.
In 2000, Richard Avedon said: “He is the most complete and most important of us, from every point of view. Whether social or political – he covered everything.” And indeed, he did. In Asia alone, Cartier-Bresson witnessed such historic moments as Gandhi’s murder, the first days of communist rule in China and the collapse of colonialism in Indonesia. In addition, he was the very first Western photo-reporter to travel throught the former Soviet Union.
Cartier-Bresson succeeded in recording a decisive moment like no-one else. His works tell entire stories in a single picture. He had a seminal influence not only on photo-journalism of the 20th century, but also on the aesthetics and ethics of photography in general.
The current exhibition in Zurich offers around 300 of Cartier-Bresson’s famous works combined with Cartier-Bresson’s films, many of his publications, and the important “Scrap Book” (in facsimile) from 1946.
Laid out chronologically according to Cartier-Bresson’s life, the exhibition, starts with the films from the Spanish Civil War and his early works in Mexico – works from the early 30s which stand out on account of their exceptional qualities in terms of composition and strength – and rounds off with numerous series of photographs from magazines such as “Du” or “Life” in order to provide an overall view of the photographer.
The exhibition is open until the 24th July 2011 so be quick and don’t miss it! Find out more on: museum-gestaltung.ch.