Works of Henri Cartier-Bresson And Irving Penn
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 - 2004), An astrologer's shop in the mill workers' quarter of Parel Bombay,
Maharashtra, India 1947,
13.78 x 20.67 ins. (35 x 52.5 cm)
©Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos
Think of the spectrum of photographic image from the candid to the posed. The unposed shots are untouched by artifice - a slice of reality frozen in time. The photographer looks and waits until he/she senses a picture is there. The moment is seized. The button pressed. The shutter released. The photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 - 2004) called this the "decisive moment."
Irving Penn, (1917–2009), Ingmar Bergman, Stockholm,
1964, printed 1992 Gelatin silver print,
Image: 15 1/16 x 14 15/16 ins. (38.3 x 37.9 cm.) Sheet: 15 1/16 x 14 15/16 ins. (38.3 x 37.9 cm.) Mount: 16 15/16 x 16 15/16 ins. (43.1 x 43.1 cm.) Overall: 16 15/16 x 16 15/16 ins. (43.1 x 43.1 cm.)
Promised Gift of The Irving Penn Foundation
The working methodology of the photographer Irving Penn (2017 - 2009) was quite different. He chose to set up his subjects. Backdrops, studio, and assistants were employed to make the images he sought. Placement, clothing and gestures were adjusted to indicate his specific point of view. Penn seemed to leave very little to chance. Even on location in Morocco, surrounded by a desert-like conditions, he sets up a tent/studio complete with lighting enhancement equipment and attendants.
These two dissimilar but equally effective picture taking strategies are fully illustrated in the exhibitions Henri Cartier-Bresson: India In Full Frame at the Rubin Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Irving Penn: Centennial. The shows not only give pleasure in viewing superb, informative images but also stimulate the consideration of underlying beliefs that permeate the making of pictures.
More to come.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: India In Full Frame
April 21 - September 4, 2017
150 West 17th Street, Manhattan
Monday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Day.
Irving Penn: Centennial
April 24 - July 30, 2017
1000 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan
Sunday - Thursday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday 10 am - 9 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25,
January 1, and the first Monday in May.