the decisive momentin a situation, and for the sense they convey of the rush of time arrested. His photographs, characteristically taken with a 35-mm camera, are uncropped and unmanipulated. Cartier-Bresson witnessed and photographed many of his era's most historic events, from the Spanish Civil War, to the partition of India, the Chinese revolution, and France's 1968 student rebellion. He made numerous photographs of the German occupation of France and in 1944, after escaping from a Nazi prison camp, organized underground photography units. He was the author of many photographic books including The Decisive Moment (1952), People of Moscow (1955), China in Transition (1956), The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1968), The Face of Asia (1972), About Russia (1974), and the retrospective Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer (1992). A founder (1947) of the Magnum photo agency, he virtually retired from photography in the early 1970s and thenceforth largely devoted himself to drawing.
See his The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers (1999) biography by P. Assouline (2001, tr. 2005) F. Nourissier, Cartier-Bresson's France (tr. 1971) P. Galassi, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work (1987) J.-P. Montier, Henri Cartier Bresson and the Artless Art (1996) P. Arbaizer et al., Henri Cartier-Bresson (2003) C. Chéroux, Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now (2014).
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