Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘A Spanish Scene: Village of Ariza, Aragon, Spain’, 1953, Heritage Auctions
Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘A Spanish Scene: Village of Ariza, Aragon, Spain’, 1953, Heritage Auctions

Annotated in ink on verso: 'To John Seeley / in grateful appreciation / of your kind cooperation / Henri Cartier-Bresson' with Magnum Photo's complimentary print stamp and the photographer's Magnum Photos stamp. After the publication of The Decisive Moment in 1952, a traveling exhbition was mounted with the same name which toured several countries, starting at the Louvre in 1955 and ending at the IBM Gallery in New York in 1960. John Seeley was the Director of the IBM Gallery at the time.

Condition Report: Hinged to window mat with archival tape along top edge verso; residue from previous mounting on edges verso; light wear to the corners; slight undulation to the sheet; a few soft handling creases; one half moon crease center left; a few light surface scratches visible in raking light; small;area of possible retouching to the upper right quadrant. Framed Dimensions 15.5 X 19.375 Inches

Signature: Inscribed on verso: To John Seeley / in grateful appreciation / of your kind cooperation / Henri Cartier-Bresson with Magnum Photo's complimentary print stamp and the phtogorapher's Magnum Photos stamp

Image rights: Courtesy of Heritage Auctions

The artist; John Seeley, Director of the IBM Gallery, New York, acquired from the above; By descent to the present owner.

About Henri Cartier-Bresson

Upon picking up a Leica camera in the early 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson fell in love with the spontaneity of photography and went on to pioneer photojournalism. MoMA credits his “uncanny ability to capture life on the run” with helping to define the creative potential of modern photography and lauds him as “the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs.” Taking pride in capturing “the decisive moment,“ Cartier-Bresson intimately captured portraits and scenes, both mundane and historic, around the world. In 1947, he formed Magnum Photos, a photography cooperative, with Robert Capa and others. Over the ensuing three decades, assignments took him from Ghandi’s funeral in India, to the chaotic streets of Shanghai during China’s Communist revolution, to Queen Charlotte’s elegant ball in London. “To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life,” he said.

French, 1908-2004, Chanteloup, France

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2017
New York,
Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full Frame
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