Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most influential and admired photographers in history. Even his first works from the early 1930s show unique qualities – in terms of composition, the dramaturgy of the images and the selection of details. Cartier-Bresson succeeded like no-one else in recording decisive moments with his camera. Together with photographer friends he set up the Magnum agency in 1947, which represented photographers’ rights as regards their images. Working in the following decades as a photo-reporter and artist Cartier-Bresson decisively influenced magazines such as “Du” or “Life”. Large-scale reportages brought him to the Soviet Union as one of the first western reporters, to India, Indonesia and to China. His work is not only a benchmark for 20th century photojournalism but also for the aesthetics and ethics of photography in general. This retrospective brings together around 300 photographs along with his films and important publications for the first time ever in Switzerland.
In collaboration with the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and Magnum Photos / Paris.