SF MOMA: Henri Cartier-Bresson

February 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

I had the chance to visit the San Fransisco Museum of Modern Art and was very excited of the fact that Henri Cartier-Bresson‘s exhibition was up. I’ve read about him, looked at his work numerous times during photo lecture, so I was very ecstatic to see his work in person.

There are more than 300 photographs that spread out the entire floor that enfolds this French photographer’s career but also the history of modern photography. He photographed all around the world as he worked for LIFE magazine and he took pictures that teaches us cultural and historical lesson.

The exhibition is separated in 13 sections that flows chronologically.

This photograph being shown in the first section, it reminded me of the time when Jim Hajicek was talking about the decisive moment in the photo I lecture.

Later on in his life, Cartier-Bresson did not consider his photographs as art for a gallery. He meant for his work to be mass published and for practical use. He documented the Soviet Union, the Great Leap Forward in China, and this gave America a view that has never seen before.

I was overwhelmed with the hundreds of prints that was framed on the wall. I was getting goosebumps from taking it all in. I definitely recommend seeing his work at least once in your life.


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