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ITALY. Naples. 1971

Είμαι ένα πακέτο από νεύρα” (όταν φωτογραφίζω) που περιμένει τη στιγμή και αυτή πλησιάζει, πλησιάζει, πλησιάζει και ξαφνικά ξεσπάει και είναι μια χαρά φυσική, χορός, χρόνος, χώρος ενωμένα”. Αυτή η κατάσταση έκστασης που περιγράφει ο Henri Cartier-Bresson δεν είναι τίποτ’ άλλο από την αγωνία και την  αναμονή της αποφασιστικής στιγμής.

Ο Henri Cartier-Bresson ήταν ένας από τους σημαντικότερους φωτογράφους του 20ου αιώνα. Γεννήθηκε στις 22 Αυγούστου του 1908 στην περιοχή Seine et Marne, κοντά στο Παρίσι. Προερχόταν από γονείς της  μεγαλοαστικής τάξης και αρκετά καλλιεργημένους. O Bresson φοίτησε στα καλύτερα λύκεια του Παρισιού και στη συνέχεια σπουδάσε ζωγραφική κοντά σε γνωστούς γάλλους ζωγράφους, μεταξύ των οποίων και ο κυβιστής Llote. Συχνάζε στους καλλιτεχνικούς και λογοτεχνικούς κύκλους και ανέπτυξε ιδιαίτερη σχέση με τους σουρεαλιστές και κυρίως με τον André Breton. Μέσα από αυτές τις σχέσεις  ενστερνίστηκε την πίστη τους στη διαίσθηση και την επαναστατημένη στάση τους απέναντι σε κάθε τι το κατεστημένο “τόσο στη τέχνη όσο και στη ζωή”.

BELGIUM. Brussels. 1932.
CHINA. Beijing. Final days of the Kuomintang. A peasant, whose market has closed down and came to Beijing to sell his vegetables, sits to eat his provisions. A shopkeeper resigns to have nothing more to sell in his store. December 1948.
Since July 1946, China has been torn apart by civil war between the Communist forces of MAO TSE-TUNG and the Nationalist forces (Kuomintang) of General TCHANG KAI CHEK. Slowly the Communist gained terrain and in December of 1948 they took siege of Peking.
CHINA. 1948-1949.
FRANCE. Alpes-Maritimes. Vence. February 1944. French painter Henri MATISSE at his home, villa “Le Rêve”.
FRANCE. Brie. 1968.
FRANCE. Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie, 1944.
FRANCE. Marseille. 1932.
FRANCE. Marseille. The Allée du Prado. 1932.
I was walking behind this man when all of a sudden he turned around.
FRANCE. Paris. 14th arrondissement. Rue d’Alésia. Swiss painter and sculptor, Alberto GIACOMETTI. 1961.
FRANCE. Paris. 15th arrondissement The Quai de Javel. Plasterers. 1932.
FRANCE. Paris. Place de l’Europe. Gare Saint Lazare. 1932.
FRANCE. Paris. The Palais Royal Gardens. 1959.
FRANCE. Paris. The Quai St Bernard, near the Gare d’Austerlitz railway station. 1932.
FRANCE. Sunday on the banks of the River Seine. 1938.
FRANCE. The Var department. Hyères. 1932.
GREAT BRITAIN. England. London. Hyde Park in the grey drizzle. 1937.
GREAT BRITAIN. London. Coronation of King George VI. 12 May 1937.
“People had waited all night in Trafalgar Square in order not to miss any part of the coronation ceremony of George VI. Some slept on benches and others on newspapers. The next morning, one who was wearier than the others, had not yet wakened to see the ceremony for which he had kept such a late vigil.”
GREECE. Cyclades. Island of Siphnos. 1961.
INDIA. Gujarat. Ahmedabad. 1966. Women spreading out their saris before the sun.
INDIA. Gujarat. Baroda (Vadodara). 1948. On the 39th birthday of the maharajah of Baroda, sugar-balls are distributed to the poor.
INDIA. Kashmir. Srinagar. 1948. Muslim women on the slopes of Hari Parbal Hill, praying toward the sun rising behind the Himalayas.
INDIA. Punjab. Kurukshetra. A refugee camp for 300.000 people. Refugees exercising in the camp to drive away lethargy and despair. Autumn 1947.
INDIA. Tamil Nadu. Madura. 1950.
IRELAND. Province of Munster. Kerry County. Near Bantree. 1962.
ITALY. Abruzzo. Scanno. 1951.
ITALY. Friouli. Trieste. 1933.
ITALY. Tuscany. Sienna. 1933.
“I was visiting the museum and happened to look out of an upstairs window, and saw this empty marketplace, stark in its lack of activity.”
JAPAN. Tokyo. A farewell service for the late actor Danjuro held on November 13th 1965 at the Aoyama Funeral Hall (according to Shinto rites). 1965.
Martine’s Legs. 1967.
MEXICO. Mexico City. 1934.
MEXICO. Mexico City. 1934.
MEXICO. Mexico City. 1963.
MEXICO. Mexico City. Prostituées. Calle Cuauhtemoctzin. 1934.
MEXICO. Popocatepetl volcano. 1963.
FRANCE. Marseille. The Allée du Prado. 1932.
I was walking behind this man when all of a sudden he turned around.
ROMANIA. In a train. 1975.
SOVIET UNION. Leningrad. Peter and Paul’s fortress on the Neva river. 1973.
SOVIET UNION. Russia. Moscow. Canteen for workers building the Hotel Metropole. 1954.
SPAIN. Andalucia. Seville. 1933.
SPAIN. Andalucia. Seville. 1933.
SPAIN. Barcelona. Barrio Chino. 1933.
The narrow street of Barcelona’s roughest quarter is the home of prostitutes, petty thieves and dope peddlers. But I saw a fruit vendor sleeping against a wall and was struck by the surprisingly gentle and articulate drawing scrawled there.
SPAIN. Madrid. 1933.
SPAIN. Valencia Province. Alicante. 1933.
SPAIN. Valencia. 1933.
SPAIN. Valencia. 1933.
Inside the sliding doors of the bullfight arena.
USA. Arizona. 1947.
USA. Fire in Hoboken, facing Manhattan. 1947.
USA. Louisiana. New Orleans. 1947.
USA. Massachusetts. Cape Cod. July 4th, 1947. Independence Day.
“This woman explained to me that the flagpole over her door was broken but ‘on such a day as this, one keeps one’s flag on one’s heart.'” I felt in her a touch of the strength and robustness of the early American pioneers’.
USA. New Jersey. Model prison of Leesburg. Solitary confinement. 1975.
USA. New York City. Manhattan. Downtown. 1947.