Henri Cartier-Bresson

Art on This Day
The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson died on this day in 2004. Cartier-Bresson is considered one of the most inventive modernist photographers. An early adopter of the 35mm film, his images are lauded for their candid quality that captures the “decisive moment”.


Cartier-Bresson is considered a pioneer in the genre of street photography, whose ouvre also extends to photojournalism and portraiture. His most iconic images capture daily life in the streets of Paris during the inter-war period. He also travelled extensively in his lifetime and produced photo essays from his various sojourns, from India to China to Indonesia to Africa.