Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand: Mexico, Fondation Henri, Cartier-Bresson , from January 11 – April 22
Henri Cartier-Bresson and Paul Strand were two outstanding 20th-century photography masters, who had a great influence on the continuing development of this genre. Both shared a passion for movie-making and both were strongly inspired by their extended stays in Mexico. Cartier-Bresson, who founded the legendary Magnum photo gency and who is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, was the first photographer, whose works were allowed past the threshold of the Louvre Museum. In 1934, he headed from Europe to Mexico City, where he spent an entire year. It was precisely in Mexico where his love of photography became firmly rooted. He fist met American photographer and movie-maker Paul Strand in New York, and always referred to Strand deferentially as maître (master). Like Cartier- Bresson, Strand also first visited Mexico at the beginning of the 1930s. He lived there from 1933 to 1934 and returned again in 1966. His photographs focus on small industrial towns, architecture, sacral sculptures and the sometimes grim, daily lives of ordinary people. Paul Strand's Mexican portfolio can be seen as a unique psychological portrait of the country, and as a visual document of Mexico at a particular period in its history.
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