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Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective at MoMA

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 27, 2010

Upcoming at MoMA: a retrospective of the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

For more than twenty-five years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs — and one of the great portraitists of the twentieth century. MoMA’s retrospective, the first in the United States in three decades, surveys Cartier-Bresson’s entire career, with a presentation of about three hundred photographs, mostly arranged thematically and supplemented with periodicals and books.

After MoMA, the exhibition will visit Chicago, SF, and Atlanta. Quite excited for this one.

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Audio of Weegee and Cartier-Bresson

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 22, 2009

Rare mp3s of Weegee and Henri Cartier-Bresson talking about photography.

Below you can hear Weegee talk about picture-making. It’s interesting to hear his voice, which is one of those accents you don’t hear so much in New York anymore: part Austro-Hungarian immigrant by way of the Lower East Side and part Elmer Fudd. Peter Sellers based his accent in Dr. Strangelove on Weegee’s voice after Weegee visited Kubrick’s set one day.

Yep, that’s Strangelove, alright. (via conscientious)

An examination and celebration of the Leica

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 19, 2007

An examination and celebration of the Leica by Anthony Lane in this week’s New Yorker.

Asked how he thought of the Leica, Cartier-Bresson said that it felt like “a big warm kiss, like a shot from a revolver, and like the psychoanalyst’s couch.” At this point, five thousand dollars begins to look like a bargain.

Exploring the Leica web site after reading the article, I was intrigued to learn of Leica’s á la carte program for customizing an MP or M7. Tempted… There’s also a limited edition titanium M7 that retailed for ~10,000 euros.

Related to yesterday’s link about famous photography

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 28, 2006

Related to yesterday’s link about famous photography in online forums, here’s a classic Henri Cartier-Bresson getting rubbished on Flickr. “hard to tell at this size but is everything meant to be moving in this shot, all seems blurred”.