The 'Henri Cartier-Bresson: the Man, the Image & the World' exhibition will bring more than 260 of the revered photographer's images to the Queensland Art Gallery from Saturday 27 August to Sunday 27 November.
Working from the 1930s to the 1970s, Cartier-Bresson recorded some of the twentieth century's most memorable and widely published images. The French photographer was renowned for his ability to capture extraordinary images spontaneously, at what has been described as the 'decisive moment'. Mostly in black and white, his photographs appeal on aesthetic, emotional, and often narrative levels.
Famous for his portraiture, Cartier-Bresson also became well-known for his photo-journalism, and documented some of the most signficant events of the twentieth century, including MG Gandhi's assassination, Mao's troops marching into the Chinese capital, and life behind the Iron Curtain in the 1950s.
Cartier-Bresson's famous Gare Saint Lazare photograph from 1932
Cartier-Bresson went on to found the Magnum photographic agency with fellow photographer Robert Capa. The Magnum agency did much to change public perceptions of photo-journalism and establish it as an art form in its own right.
A special program of events will run on the opening day of the exhibition, including a discussion tour at 11.30am, a lecture at 1.30pm, and a curator's tour at 2.30pm. These activities, and others, will also run on various other days during the exhibition. (Check the QAG website for details.)
Tours are free with the purchase of an exhibtion ticket. Entry costs for the exhibition range from free entry for children up to 12 years to $12 for adults. (See below for more details.)