The Rubin Museum of Art to present Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographs of India


The Rubin Museum of Art to present Henri Cartier-Bresson's photographs of India's mid-century turmoil

February 15, 2017: The Rubin Museum of Art in New York City is soon to present “Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full Frame,” illustrating the pioneering photographer’s perspective on India in a period of political and cultural turmoil. Opening on April 21, 2017, the exhibition also coincides with the 70th anniversary of Magnum Photos, the cooperative agency co-founded by Mr Cartier-Bresson. 

Rubin Museum of Art exhibition of Henri-Cartier Bresson photos

The exhibition features 69 photographs from his travels in India during the mid-twentieth century as well as his letters, camera, and other personal ephemera, shown in this configuration for the first time in the United States. This selection of Mr Cartier-Bresson’s India work includes images of political leaders, refugees from India’s partition from Pakistan, and everyday people, offering insight into his deep understanding of issues that continue to resonate today.

A key set of photographs on view show Mahatma Gandhi’s final hours, and events following his assassination, which helped catapult Mr Cartier-Bresson to international fame when they were published in LIFE Magazine and other outlets.

Mahatma Gandhi by Henri-Cartier Bresson

An audio tour will accompany the exhibition, and the Rubin Museum will also screen a series of four films which detail Henri Cartier-Bresson’s lesser-known influence on cinema, including “The Rules of the Game” and The Apu Trilogy films.

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