Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) shows a unique exhibition “the Photobook Henri Cartier-Bresson. 1932-1946”, which tells about the early period of creativity of a great photographer.
Photo: press service of the MAMM
It all starts with the Marseilles imagery: in this French city of Cartier-Bresson bought his first camera, “Leica”, which immediately becomes his constant companion and favorite tool. If we draw an Association with the name Cartier-Bresson, then there is the word “moment” — him and his sealing he devoted his life.
For me the camera is a notebook where I make my sketches, this tool is my intuition, impulse, Lord of the moment, ‘ said the photographer.
His camera saw love, laughter, and tears of poverty. In the thin part on the white background, as is customary in MAMMO, are small photographs: “Original silver-gelatin print” — reads the signs. Visitors walk along the chronology of the life of the artist. First, open vivid memories of Sunny Italy, full of tenderness and awareness of gratitude for his involvement in other people’s happiness. Cartier-Bresson spends a lot of time with a childhood friend, the writer andré de Piarom Mandalam and his beloved, a young Italian woman by Leonor Fini.
After Italy moved to hot Spain, where Henry works for the illustrated weekly magazine “Vu”. In the photographs, the vehemence of the Spanish temperament borders on absolute emancipation: naked women laying in relaxed poses on the streets of Seville and Valencia.
Henri Cartier-Bresson. Alicante, Spain, 1933, Photo: press service of the MAMM
Cartier-Bresson in 1934, sent to Mexico, where he created a series of photographs of horrific imagination. Here there is a cutting dissonance between the momentary joy of the children and poverty of the environment in which this joy finds its place. Visitors to carefully examine the devastation of the streets, dilapidated buildings… and among this — discordant children, their smiling faces. But if you look closely, you can distinguish serious, like a hunted sense of misunderstanding and resentment of the world in the eyes of a child.
If you go from Mexico to Paris, the contrast is striking. In the French capital and the decor is elegant, and smiles, and laughter, and contentment. The first striking photograph — “picnic on the banks of the Seine” — as it proves that a sense of peace that can be with the wealth and external prosperity. This photographer captured the moment no one was standing behind the door with a hammer and not reminded of her misfortune (if you remember Chekhov).
Photographs from London in 1937, is the coronation of George VI — this is the first report of Cartier-Bresson. Followed by the war years. In 1940, Henri is captured, but in 1943 he managed to escape, he again gets to work, there are photos of the deported families, refugees, abandoned, and orphaned children. The situation of General despair has a strong influence on the photographer, and he accepted the documentary film “the Return” on the repatriation of prisoners of war and prisoners. Cartier-Bresson also creates several portraits of Pablo Picasso, Paul Claudel, Georges Duhamel.
The photobook Henri Cartier-Bresson talks about his development as a photographer, the periods of success and failure, the search and doubt. A look into the past, summing up, the necessary pause, followed by a powerful leap forward — the Foundation in 1947 of Magnum Photos, the world’s most famous photo Agency, which has become synonymous with creative recognition for many generations of photographers.
The exhibition is supported by Tele2 and Mastercard.