WHO: Henri Cartier-Bresson
WHEN: July 25-October 3, 2010
WHERE: Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois, 60603-6404
WHY: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) is one of the most original, accomplished, and influential figures in the history of photography. His celebrated work of the early 1930s helped to define the artistic potential of modern photography; a decade later, after surviving three years as a prisoner of war, Cartier-Bresson emerged from World War II determined to document a world in the midst of profound change. He did so in 1947 when he joined Robert Capa and others to found the Magnum photo agency, an organization that allowed photojournalists to reach broad audiences through such publications as Life and Paris Match, while still retaining independence and control over their work.
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