New York

Henri Cartier-Bresson

IBM Gallery

The photos of Henri Cartier-Bresson, all of them taken in the last three years, were good, but their weakness is striking if they are compared with the work of the thirties that first brought him to public notice. Still more disturbing is to have to wonder how good this artist was in those days: the unfortunate obviousness of the vision on which these latest photos depend gives rise to suspicion that what is different is only the obviousness, not the devices that are employed. In these new photos the design is nearly always of the eccentric Degas type, with some prominent elements cut off at the edge of the photo; nature is generally blurred, always moody and “romantic”; the motif is a moment of whimsey and quaintness which is meant to be an index of “humanity“—usually it depends on a contrast between the figure and the background, the idea being that human qualities stubbornly persist in

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