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Brussels, Belgium

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Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brussels, Belgium, 1932 (negative); 1970s (print), gelatin silver print, Bequest of Fae Heath Batten, © unknown, research required, 1997.58.31

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Title

Brussels, Belgium

Artist

Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, 1908-2004)

Date

1932 (negative); 1970s (print)

Medium

gelatin silver print

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 9 1/2 in x 14 1/4 in; sheet: 12 in x 16 in

Collection Area

Photography

Category

Photographs

Object Type

photograph

Culture

French

Credit Line

Bequest of Fae Heath Batten

Accession Number

1997.58.31

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

gelatin silver prints

photographs

Description

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs are ruled by moments of spontaneity. His belief in photography’s power to reveal hidden truths in a “decisive moment” helped validate photojournalism as an art form and remains influential to this day. Brussels, Belgium, one of Cartier-Bresson’s earliest images, depicts a moment of curiosity and spectacle. At once charming and suspect, two men are caught in the act of peeking through a cloth barrier into a construction site. This fleeting scene—likely ignored by passersby—underscores Cartier-Bresson’s desire to call attention to seemingly insignificant moments that might otherwise pass into history unnoticed.

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