The advent of small, fast, hand-held cameras allowed photographers like Cartier-Bresson to isolate from the routine occurrences of daily life moments pregnant with a hidden poetry. The resulting images are seldom unequivocal. Has this child been stabbed, or is he in the throes of an ecstatic dance? Actually, he is arching his back to catch sight of a ball, but the photographer translated his play into an image of rapture.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson; [...]; Nina Rosenwald; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, January 10, 1978
Museum of Modern Art, New York. "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Early Work," September 1, 1987–November 1, 1987.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Modern Times: Photography Between the Two World Wars," June 9, 1998–October 4, 1998.
Kirstein, Lincoln, and Beaumont Newhall. The Photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1947. no. pl. 16.
The Decisive Moment; Photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1952. no. pl. 12.
Galassi, Peter. Henri Cartier-Bresson: the Early Work. New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1987. p. 107.
Henri Cartier-Bresson : the man, the image and the world : a retrospective. London ; New York: Thames & Hudson, 2003. no. pl. 102.
Galassi, Peter. Henri Cartier-Bresson : the modern century. London: Thames & Hudson, 2010. p.95.