Lot 24
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Henri Cartier-Bresson

10,000 - 15,000 GBP
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  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • 'Rome', 1951
  • unsigned
  • Gelatin Silver Print mounted on board
  • Image and paper size: 57 x 38 cm
Silver print, printed 1960s, flush-mounted to card.


Estate of Robert Lassam


The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson, London, Thames and Hudson, 1968, ill. pl. 21.

Catalogue Note

Once Cartier-Bresson discovered the 35mm Leica camera, he never used another format. Its ease of use and immediacy allowed him to use it as an extension of his own body and in the most discrete and unobtrusive way possible. The method he developed thanks in part to his chosen equipment allowed him to capture moments instinctively, with no delay, and to catch his subjects off-guard. In fact, in the few fashion assignments he was given at the beginning of his career, he fared poorly, as he was unpractised in interacting with his models.