Henri Cartier-Bresson/Walker Evans: Photographing America (1929-1947)
Paris, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

"Without the challenge that Walker Evans' work represented, I don't think that I'd have stayed a photographer," Henri Cartier-Bresson once said. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cartier-Bresson's birth, his eponymous foundation, created in 2003, is linking the two photographers in an exhibition that showcases 86 of their black-and-white images of America. Evans (1903-1975) was an American photographer documenting his own country, while Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was documenting a country that he was visiting. Both have been credited with reinventing photography by capturing the "decisive moment" in otherwise ordinary street scenes.

Significantly, Evans was one of Cartier-Bresson's favorite photographers. Cartier-Bresson included his picture "Girl in Fulton Street" in his foundation's inaugural exhibition. Taken through a pane of glass in New York, it shows a slim young woman, wearing a hat over her bobbed hair and a fur-trimmed coat, casting her eyes down the road, beyond the bowler-hatted men.

September 10 through December 21, 2008
Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2 impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris
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