Fifty photographs by the father of photojournalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), will go on show at the Fine Art Society in London next week. They include many of his most famous works including Coronation of King George VI (1937). It shows the crowds who waited all night in Trafalgar Square to catch the ceremony – a man is still asleep on the floor, cushioned by newspapers. Another photograph of a young Truman Capote, captures the writer sitting on an iron bench in New Orleans, in 1947 – by then he enjoyed the critical success of one short story, Miriam (1945).
Other highlights in the show include a portrait of a blind Henri Matisse holding a white dove that he is drawing from memory at his home, Villa le Rêve in France in 1944.
The photographs have been lent to the Fine Art Society by British-born, LA-based Peter Fetterman, friend and dealer for Cartier-Bresson, who worked with the photographer for more than 14 years. He owns 200 prints in total. “I have the Cartier-Bresson bug.” He maintains that Cartier-Bresson “transcended greatness” and “is in a class of his own”.
“Many of the more obscure images in the show were personal requests, little ‘gems’ in his body of work that he had never printed and signed before as collector prints,” says Fetterman. “Including images of the Bolshoi Ballet he took at the height of the Cold War.”
Fetterman first met Cartier-Bresson in Paris in 1992 when he started to sell his photos. They were introduced by Cartier-Bresson’s agent and became very good friends.
“I had to pinch myself when I first met him,” recalls Fetterman. “It was like meeting the Pope if you are Catholic.”
Culture news in pictures
Culture news in pictures
1/14 9 October 2015
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2/14 8 October 2015
A visitor looks at 'On Your Wavelength', an art installation created by artist Marcus Lyall, which is powered by brain data donated via an EEG headset by visitors to the MERGE Bankside art festival, in Bankside, London. The installation is controlled in real time by the brain activity of participants. Their mental state is amplified to create a large-scale laser and musical piece, driven by how focused the participant is feeling, and has been made in collaboration with composer Rob Thomas and technologist Alex Anpilogov
3/14 7 October 2015
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Patrón/Moniker Art Fair
4/14 6 October 2015
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5/14 5 October 2015
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6/14 4 October 2015
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7/14 3 October 2015
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8/14 2 October 2015
A woman walks past an artwork by Nedko Solakov of Bulgaria inside the European Central Bank's headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, October 2, 2015. The newest addition to the art display at the European Central Bank is a giant rock-like chunk of aluminium, but its Bulgarian creator has promised to replace it with a glorious masterpiece. There's just one catch. Before that can happen, Solakov says the Frankfurt-based institution must fulfil all its goals and all of its staff must be "completely satisfied" - a condition he has inscribed on a plaque on the side of the dark oval hulk
9/14 1 October 2015
The ghost ship is illuminated at the East harbour during a light rehearsal for the upcoming 'Berlin leuchtet' (Berlin lights up) in Berlin. Various places and buildings are lit up from 2 October until 18 October 2015
10/14 30 September 2015
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11/14 30 September 2015
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12/14 30 September 2015
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13/14 29 September 2015
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14/14 29 September 2015
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But he wasn’t intimidating. “He reminded me of Monsieur Hulot – very tall, kind of thin. What amazed me was his sense of humour, graciousness and his intellectual speed.”
His apartment in Paris was very modest. “I was impressed how humbly he lived – there was not a photograph of his in sight – just artworks such as a simple Matisse drawing on the wall.”
What makes Cartier-Bresson so great in Fetterman’s eyes is “the common humanity to all his photographs”. “He had the ability to connect immediately to all his subjects.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Decisive Moments, Fine Art Society, London W1 (faslondon.com), 6 to 29 October
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