new-york

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Equitable Center

This show of more than 100 works by Henri Cartier-Bresson comes as something of a revelation to those who associate the artist with images of life overseas. The photographer’s inimitable style has been applied here to territory more readily associated with American photographers from Walker Evans to Gary Winogrand, particularly in the road trip Cartier-Bresson took from New York to Los Angeles and back in 1947. The show may tell us less about America, however, than it does about Cartier-Bresson: the evolution of his light-handed style, and his consistent preoccupation with humanist themes.

With three periods of work (1935, 1946–47, and the 1950s) represented unequally in the number of images shown, this survey of Cartier-Bresson seemed a bit uneven. The photographer came to New York in 1935 to exhibit his work at the Julien Levy Gallery, staying on for a year to study film with Paul Strand.

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