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Photography: Cartier-Bresson at Somerset House

from 08/11/2012 to 27/01/2013

Event: Photography: Cartier-Bresson at Somerset House

Location: Somerset House, WC2

Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour is a photography exhibition with 10 photographs by the French master of reportage photography never shown in the UK before and 75 colour images by photographers who took on Henri Cartier-Bresson’s ethos of ‘the decisive moment’ in their work.

As Cartier-Bresson only worked in black and white photography, and eschewed colour which was then in its infancy, colour may seem an unusual focus for this exhibition. However, the show both pays homage to a master who felt that black and white photography could not be bettered, and to those who succeeded him, proving that colour photography can be as powerful in reportage as black and white.

The 10 Cartier-Bresson’s photographs being exhibited were taken in America, and include photographs such as A Café, of a man head down on a café table taken in Chicago, 1947. The other images on display are by 14 North American and European photographers including Ernst Haas, Helen Levitt and Saul Leiter.

Somerset House has a number of exhibitions on show, including pictures by the fashion photographer Tim Walker (until Jan) and on the fashion designer Valentino (Nov-Mar).