Introduction to Cartier-Bresson (00:56)
The artist describes himself as impatient and explains why it's difficult to teach photography. (Credits)
Cartier-Bresson's African Experience (01:54)
The photographer includes Andre Lhote and family artists among his early influences and recalls documenting colonial exploitation in Mauritania and on the Ivory Coast.
Cartier-Bresson's Paris Experience (01:13)
The photographer shares admiration for the Surrealist movement. View candid street shots in Marseilles and Barcelona and portraits of Picasso, Breton, and Matisse.
Cartier-Bresson's Philosophy (01:59)
The photographer describes photography as an intuitive art form that seeks truth. View his 1937 film documenting the Spanish Civil War.
Cartier-Bresson's War Experience (02:20)
The photographer was a POW in Germany, where he developed a sense of justice. He describes solidarity in the French Resistance; view images of the underground movement and Liberation.
"The Return" (02:49)
View footage of Cartier-Bresson's film documenting returning French soldiers and persecuting collaborators after World War II.
Magnum Photos (01:39)
View a Cartier-Bresson quote about capturing eternity. He describes forming a cooperative agency with Robert Capa in 1946.
Cartier-Bresson's India Experience (02:40)
The photographer recalls documenting Indian culture and meeting royalty. He describes meeting Gandhi shortly before his assassination; view images of his funeral pyre.
Cartier-Bresson's China Experience (01:15)
The photographer recalls documenting Peking just before the Red Army invaded and describes learning to be culturally sensitive.
Cartier-Bresson's Soviet Experience (01:36)
The photographer visited the USSR in 1954, where he documented humans and the political system. He compares early communism to Christianity—starting well and ending badly.
Learning to Look (03:38)
View images from Berlin and other European cities in 1962. Cartier-Bresson describes his compositional and photo journalistic methods.
Balancing Curiosity and Indiscretion (02:16)
Cartier-Bresson discusses maintaining sensitivity to avoid violating subjects. View images of poverty and homelessness.
Criticizing Economic Inequality (01:52)
Cartier-Bresson discusses documenting the wealthy and his libertarian politics.
Documenting Reality (02:08)
View Cartier-Bresson's images from the 1968 Paris demonstrations. He discusses differences in advertising and journalism photography.
Documenting Religious Activity (01:50)
Cartier-Bresson discusses his lack of faith; view images of Catholics and Muslims worshiping.
Photographing Immediate Reality (01:45)
Cartier-Bresson discusses physical and mental aspects of the art, and emphasizes its intuitive nature.
Zen of Photography (02:12)
Cartier-Bresson drew inspiration from Degas and Braque, and adopted an Eastern philosophy for his art.
Portrait Challenges (06:11)
View a quote about subject inner workings. Cartier-Bresson recalls photographing artists such as Mauriac, Bonnard, Pound, Chanel and Faulkner; he has difficulty shooting actors and politicians.
Photographic Tools (01:20)
Cartier-Bresson discusses his preference for Leica cameras and black and white film. View images of Martin Luther King and African-Americans.
"Southern Exposures" (01:34)
View footage from Cartier-Bresson's 1970 documentary film of Mississippi race relations.
"California Impressions" (02:38)
Cartier-Bresson discusses the impossibility of photographing something "new" and the importance of capturing social change. View 1970 footage of anti-Vietnam War demonstrations.
Inspiration from Drawing (01:53)
Cartier-Bresson explains his preference for the Leica 24x36 format and admiration for portrait sketches.
Cartier-Bresson's Technology Series (01:48)
View images of Cold War space crafts. The photographer discusses how science is setting humanity on a dangerous path.
Capturing Joy (02:33)
Cartier-Bresson shares his admiration for Proust and the pleasure of recording experiences while going unnoticed.
Credits: Cartier Bresson’s Century (00:42)
Credits: Cartier Bresson’s Century
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