Henri Cartier-Bresson. Harlem, New York, 1947

Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour

08 Nov 2012 – 27 Jan 2013
Terrace Rooms
South Wing

Featuring 10 Cartier-Bresson photographs never before exhibited in the UK alongside over 75 works by 14 international acclaimed photographers. 

It is well-known that Cartier-Bresson was disparaging towards colour photography, which in the 1950s was in its early years of development; his reasoning was based both on the technical and aesthetic limitations of the medium at the time. 

This extensive showcase illustrated how photographers working in Europe and North America adopted and adapted the master's ethos famously known as  the ‘decisive moment' to their work in colour. Though they often departed from the concept in significant ways, something of that challenge remained: how to seize something that happens and capture it in the very moment that it takes place.

'You'd have to be dead not to feed off the energy contained within this exhibition'

Alastair Sooke, The Daily Telegraph