Near Juvisy, France
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Near Juvisy, France
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908-2004): Near Juvisy, France (aka: France, Sunday on the Banks of the Marne); 1938. Gelatin silver print, printed 1947, 9-1/8 x 13-11/16 inches (23.3 x 34.8 cm). Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, USA. Photo: © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum. © This artwork may be protected by copyright. It is posted on the site in accordance with fair use principles.



"Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes." (Henri Cartier-Bresson)



"The popular front government that came to power in France in the spring of 1936 had as its most important lasting achievement, the establishment of a law guaranteeing French workers two weeks of paid vacation. And so in the late '30s, the image of working people at leisure in the countryside, right outside of Paris, was a politically progressive image ... So although it does show you that the French know how to live, it's also a picture that's rooted in a very particular historical moment." (moma.org; © Acoustiguide, Inc)



"Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, influential, and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography, and his uncanny ability to capture life on the run made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment"—the title of his first major book ... For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century." (© 2013 The Museum of Modern Art)



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