Though his work was globally popular, winning a myriad of awards and accolades and blowing the minds of the one Dennis Hopper who claimed Henri’s work not only changed his approach to photography but his actual life! The Pompidou centre’s current retrospective which marks the ten years since his death in 2004 takes in his early 1920s surrealist work moving right up to his Mai 68 stuff including his landmark photo-journalistic work in political hotspots and war zones such as Africa, Spain, Germany and Cub ain between. Though he was pretty much working right up until his death this particular section of his life and work is more than enough for one exhibition and the accompanying book published by Thames Hudson /Centre Pompidou is a treasure trove of iconic imagery. It features a wonderful combination of his most powerful and playful images including many photos which have never been seen before. But word don’t really do his photos justice, so if you want to own twentieth century’s finest photo album, you can buy it HERE.
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos,
courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson