Cartier-Bresson’s world in pictures

Scrapbook: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Thames & Hudson, €66.

20th January, 2007

Scrapbook: Henri Cartier-Bresson, Thames & Hudson, €66.

Imagine Henri Cartier-Bresson’s surprise to find that, upon escaping from a German prisoner of war camp in 1943, the Museum of Modern Art in New York was planning a posthumous exhibition of his work.

Assuming that the photographer had died in the war, the museum had begun to assemble a retrospective. When Bresson became aware of this, he selected around 300 photographs from his rich early career...

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