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The Eye of the 20th Century Honored at the Centre Pompidou

From 12 February 2014 to 09 June 2014

The important role of photography illustrated throughout modern history

The Centre Pompidou pays tribute to French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson with an exhibition starting in February. More than 500 photographs and personal documents have been collected for this retrospective occurring only 10 years after the artist's death. These pieces reveal Cartier-Bresson's artistic journey, which led him to be known as 'the eye of the 20th century.' During his impressive 70-year career, the photographer had a tremendous influence of the development of modern photography.


Cartier-Bresson began his career in the 1920s, when encounters with surrealist artists inspired his own vision. He further pursued his passion through voyages to Africa and then became a reporter. It was this profession that would allow him to capture some of the defining moments of the 20th century.


From the Spanish Civil War to the exchange of prisoners at the end of World War II to the independence of Indonesia, the photographer was able to witness some of the most poignant moments of recent history. Cartier-Bresson himself realized the important role that photographers played in the recording of historic moments. As such, he created the photo agency Magnum Photos in 1947 so that he could bring together talented photo-journalists under one roof.


In 2003, the photographer founded the Fondation Cartier-Bresson in order to preserve important photographic works. In this way, he has assured his own legacy. Now, the Centre Pompidou will further that legacy with the large retrospective running from February 12 until June 9, 2014.