Sunday, April 18, 2010

HCB revisited

MOMA has posted hundreds of new Cartier-Bresson images online in conjunction with their current HCB retrospective, The Modern Century. If the name Cartier-Bresson brings a yawn of tired recognition, it might be time to take another look. The stuff that's been published already is just the tip of a very large iceberg. Browsing through the MOMA site confirms that the guy was basically oozing first rate images out of every orifice. It's amazing to think that many were never published and presumably considered rejects. I'd be quite happy to have shot any of them. Yes, maybe they are a little too perfect. There is that. Still, the site is well worth a look.

A few favs that were new to me:

Near Stasbourg, France, 1944

Rome, 1951

Christian Dior, Paris, 1953

Beynac, France, 1956

San Francisco, 1960

Louisiana, 1960

Mexico, 1963

Auto show, Paris, 1968

Matera, Italy, 1971

Suzdai, Russia, 1972

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