Leica Gallery Los Angeles in special collaboration with the Peter Fetterman Gallery presents The Eye of the Century to celebrate the legacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson from June 13 through July 31, 2019. Cartier-Bresson is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century who was seemingly present at every significant event and in the intimate company of every important figure of the 20th century. The exhibit will feature 87 photographs taken by the legendary photographer spanning his over seven-decade-long career.
Cartier-Bresson is well known for his 1952 landmark monograph “The Decisive Moment” which provided philosophical theory on photography as the artless art. Cartier-Bresson was drawn to photography’s ability to be an immediate sketch that could capture everyday situations with exceptional grace. This inspired him to travel with his Leica camera to capture people in their candid states.
The photographs selected to be included in The Eye of the Century showcase moments from Cartier-Bresson’s many travels, from India to Spain and across several other countries, offering a glimpse at local life. Photographs also provide a candid and authentic take on public figures such as Albert Camus, Cardinal Pacelli, who would later become Pope Pius XII, Jean-Paul Sartre and more.
Originally trained as a painter at a young age, Cartier-Bresson was majorly influenced by the Cubist and Surrealist concepts when he first began photographing towards the end of the 1920s. His passion for visual harmony, humanity and the impermanence of reality focused by a classically trained eye allowed for the creation of an unrivaled body of historic imagery.
The Eye of The Century by Henri-Cartier-Bresson will be on display at Leica Gallery Los Angeles from June 13 through September 5th, 2019. The opening reception will be held on June 13 from 6-9PM at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles.
Leica Gallery Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood CA 90048