Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson’s new building at 79 rue des Archives in Paris. Photo: Cyrille Weiner.

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Expands Its Footprint

The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is relocating from the Montparnasse neighborhood to the Marais district in Paris. Located at 79 rue des Archives, the new premises—a converted garage—will allow the foundation to triple the number of exhibitions it can stage and to display a wider selection of its permanent collection.

Designed by Novo Agency architects, the venue will present a program that showcases the history of the medium and presents work by influential contemporary photographers. Its exhibitions will continue to be driven by the “rigor, curiosity, and creative freedom” that characterized the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson’s career. Known for his candid documentary photography, Cartier-Bresson cofounded Magnum Agency with Robert Capa, David Seymour, and George Rodger in 1947.

Since its opening in 2003, the foundation has staged more than forty-five exhibitions, and it welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year. It also administers a biennial award that supports the production of photography projects. Its new building will allow the organization to increase its research, educational, and preservation activities and will feature a library that will be accessible to scholars.

The foundation is also currently working on archiving more than 100,000 documents related to the careers of Cartier-Bresson and his wife, the photographer Martine Franck. It will inaugurate the space with a retrospective of Franck’s work this fall. Proceeds from the sale of its former headquarters, L’impasse Lebouis, are financing the move.