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Art April, 9 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century opens this Sunday at MOMA and runs through June 28, 2010. The exhibition highlights the photographers uncanny ability to capture life on the run. After Cartier-Bresson’s first MOMA showing, in 1947, he founded the MAGNUN agency, which allowed photojournalists to retain control of their work while reaching a broad audience. Cartier-Bresson himself reported from across the globe – China, India, and the Soviet Union – producing a dazzling catalog of photographs.

This survey covers the photographers entire career through some 300 images. For more coverage check out Holland Cotter’s review from the New York Times.

Above: A Cartier-Bresson picture taken in Shanghai, 1948, shows people storming a bank for gold in the days before the Communist forces arrived.

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