Biography: Henri Cartier-Bresson was born 1908 in Chanteloup-en-Brie, near Paris, France. He died in 2000. He was one of the pioneers of modern photojournalism and one of the early users of the 35mm film format. Trained as an oil painter, he began experimenting with photography in the late 1920s, but took it up full-time in the early 1930s while recuperating from blackwater fever, which he'd contracted on the Ivory Coast of Africa. An early influence was the Hungarian photographer Martin Munkacsi who espoused capturing the immediate object as opposed to posed subjects. In Paris, he shared a photography studio with Robert Capa. In the late 1930s, he began working as a photojournalist. Working as a photographer in the French Army at the start of WWII, he was captured by the Germans in 1940, spending 35 months as a prisoner-of-war, before escaping in 1942. Click any thumbnail to view a larger version or make a purchase.
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