Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Henri

Henri Cartier-Bresson | France. Paris. Place de l'Europe. 
Gare Saint Lazare 1932 | Collection: Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation, 
Magnum Photos. © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos

If you are in Brisbane over the next few weeks I suggest you take some time out to go and see the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition that is currently on at the Queensland Art Gallery (QAG). It is a stunning exhibition of black and white photographs beautifully displayed with white matt boards and black frames on cool grey walls. The exhibition includes some 260 photographs, as well displays of vintage magazines featuring Cartier-Bresson's work and a documentary made the year before his death. Cartier-Bresson is considered the father of photo-journalism, and while his works are candid "everyday" shots, he never lost his Surrealist appetite for the unusual. The exhibition in a wonderful journey through continents and decades and it made me want to pack a bag, grab a camera and a journal and some plane tickets out of the country.

Actually, I thought it was so good that I went twice, once with Dylan and once with my twin Christina, she had blogged about it here. I am now looking forward to the Matisse drawing exhibition that open next month at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) next to QAG.

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