The modern century through the eyes of a master
April 9, 2010 by sbasar
“Henry Cartier-Bresson’s images, many plucked from the everyday whirl of his beloved Paris, had the power and poetry of Zen and particle physics–smashing the atom of the present, bottling its spark, and generating flashes of life and light.”
David Friend, Vanity Fair’s editor of creative development
New York’s Museum of Modern Art first planned a “posthumous” exhibition of photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson 60 years ago when they thought he had died in World War II.
However he survived until 2004 and thanks to a very good friend, I was lucky enough to attend a preview of MOMA’s new Cartier-Bresson exhibition: The Modern Century
. The title is appropriate as not only did Cartier-Bresson survive but he went on to define modern photography though capturing the decisive moment
s from ordinary life and his photo-journalism.
I had no idea he had spent so much time in Asia and particularly enjoyed the stunning pictures of India and Indonesia
. Although he was in India in the 1940s, the images seem to be from a far-gone age and I wish he was around now to give us his unique insight into how the country is adapting to the 21st century.
“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.”
His photos of the world around us truly help us discover ourselves.