May 27, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson received the Hasselblad award from Her Royal Highness Princess Lilian, at a ceremony at the Centre Culturel Suédois in Paris.

The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is located at 2, Impasse Lebouis, 14th arrondissement. It opened in 2003 in cooperation with the world renowned photographer. Housed in an ornate art-deco style building that dates to 1912, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson comprises two exhibition rooms joined by an eye-catching spiral staircase

Henri Cartier-Bresson has had an influence on creative documentary photography for half a century. Several generations of photographers have been influenced by his work.He was the first photographer to master the art of recording reality in constant flux, and shaping the immediate into detailed and austere photographic compositions. For Cartier-Bresson, photography is a way of narrating stories about life. He sees a photograph as a document, photography as a documentary art. In 1947 Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, David Seymour and others founded the famous co-operative photo agency Magnum.

Station on Paris metro: Montparnasse