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Henri Cartier-Bresson's “Decisive Choices”

A sweeping new Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition in Zurich pays tribute to the father of photojournalism in a career-spanning retrospective.

Cartier-Bresson 'chooses' his geometry, and waits for life to arrive.
Cartier-Bresson 'chooses' his geometry, and waits for life to arrive.
Caroline Stevan

An image by Hungarian photographer Martin Munkácsi captures three boys running on a beach. A slap in the face for Henri Cartier-Bresson, as he later said about the image, which made him "suddenly understand that photography could fix eternity in an instant." Thus begins the retrospective devoted to the most renowned French photojournalist, organized by the Museum für Gestaltung.

How does one retrace the story of a life, along with a near century's worth of works, in just 220 images? The artist took it upon himself to sort through his images for his foundation's inauguration in Paris in 2003, just one year before his death. In addition to the selection that was then presented at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the exhibition at the Museum of Applied Arts consists of several large format prints, as well as a number of films directed by Cartier-Bresson, and magazines illustrated by him.

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