Jardin des Plantes, Paris
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1908 - 2004
Jardin des Plantes, Paris
large-format gelatin silver print, signed in ink and embossed in the margin, 1959, printed later
image: 11 ⅝ by 17 ½ in. (29.5 by 44.5 cm.)
Please note the colors and shades in the online catalogue illustration may vary depending on screen settings.
This print, on double-weight paper, is in generally excellent condition. When examined closely in raking light, a few small deposits of original reoutching are visible, primarily near the edges. One deposit in the upper left quadrant appears slightly glossy.
The margins are somewhat yellowed. In the upper and right margins are intermittent graphite deposits running parallel to the image, likely transference from an overmat.
On the reverse, 'S.11878' is 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.
Henri Cartier-Bresson, À Propos de Paris (Boston, 1994), pl. 56
Matthieu Humery et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Le Grand Jeu (Paris: Bibliothèque nationale de France and Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, 2020), p. 253
Anne de Mondenard and Agnès Sire, eds., Henri Cartier-Bresson: Paris Revisited (London, 2021), cat. 142, pp. 154-5
‘We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again. . . Our task is to perceive reality, almost simultaneously recording it in the sketchbook which is our camera. We must neither try to manipulate reality while we are shooting, nor manipulate the results in the darkroom. These tricks are patently discernible to those who have eyes to see.’
-Henri Cartier-Bresson, ‘The Decisive Moment,’ reproduced in The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers (New York: Aperture, 1999), p. 27