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Calle Cuauhtemoctzin, Mexico City

Artist:
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French, Chanteloup-en-Brie 1908–2004 Montjustin)
Date:
1934, printed 1946
Medium:
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions:
23.4 x 34.6 cm (9 3/16 x 13 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number:
1987.1100.163
Rights and Reproduction:
© Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum
Not on view
The attitudes of the two prostitutes to their calling, and to the photographer, are flip sides of the same coin, like the masks of comedy and tragedy. Neither face alone, nor either half of the picture on its own, would be half as arresting.
Inscription: Photographer's stamp on print, verso C, CR: "PHOTO HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON // MENTION OBLIGATOIRE", "PHOTO HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON // NOT FOR REPRODUCTION // REPRODUCTION - INTERDITE"; inscribed in pencil on print, verso UR, C: "g", "is M28C // m";
John C. Waddell

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