This exhibition examines Cartier-Bresson’s enormously influential photobook, described by Robert Capa as “a Bible for photographers,” and how the decisions made by the collaborators have shaped our understanding of his work.
"Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment" examines Cartier-Bresson’s influential publication, widely considered to be one of the most important photobooks of the twentieth century. Pioneering for its emphasis on the photograph itself as a unique narrative form, The Decisive Moment was described by Robert Capa as “a Bible for photographers.” Originally titled Images à la Sauvette (“images on the run”) in the French, the book was published in English with a new title, The Decisive Moment, which unintentionally imposed the motto which would define Cartier-Bresson’s work. The exhibition details how the decisions made by the collaborators in this major project—including Cartier-Bresson, French art publisher Tériade, American publisher Simon & Schuster, and Henri Matisse, who designed the book’s cover—have shaped our understanding of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs. Through vintage gelatin silver prints, first-edition publications, periodicals, and correspondence, "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment" brings new insights to this iconic work.