The Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris is now paying tribute—finally, one might say—to Henri Cartier-Bresson, ten years after his death. The exhibition might have been held during the photographer’s lifetime had his stipulations been more compatible with the Pompidou’s exhibition policy and approach. In any case, the exhibition would never have managed to be this size, since, as anyone who knew Cartier-Bresson can attest, he would have found a way to control it one way or another. The exhibition also would have lacked the distance that ten years has given us to take full measure of his oeuvre, and to escape from the long shadow cast by his legend.
Read the full article on the French version of L’Oeil, and revisit the entire edition we devoted to Henri Cartier-Bresson in December.