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Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ezra Pound

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

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Henri Cartier-Bresson

1908 - 2004

Ezra Pound


gelatin silver print, signed in ink in the margin, 1971, printed later

image: 14 ⅛ by 9 ½ in. (35.9 by 24.1 cm.)

Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.

This print, on double-weight paper with a slightly pebbled surface, is in generally excellent condition. When examined closely in raking light, the following are visible: a few small deposits of original retouching in the upper portion of the image and a soft crease in the upper right quadrant. The margin corners are bumped. There is some very minor soiling in the margins.

On the reverse, '10 [circled],' 'OCH 128,' and 'Z.272' are written in an unidentified hand in pencil.

Please note that this work is sold unframed.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

Acquired from the photographer

Robert Delpire, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer (Boston, 1979), pl. 120

Jean-Pierre Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art (Boston, 1996), p. 187

E. H. Gombrich, Tête-à-Tête: Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson (London, 1998), pl. 1

Peter Galassi, ed., Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2010), p. 237

Matthieu Humery et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France and Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2020), pp. 87, 110, and 287

'If, in making a portrait, you hope to grasp the interior silence of a willing victim, it’s very difficult, but you must somehow position the camera between his shirt and his skin.'

-  Henri Cartier-Bresson, as quoted in The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers (New York: Aperture, 1999), p. 79