gandhiji corrects a message just after breaking his fast, birla house henri cartier-bresson gandhiji corrects a message just after breaking his fast, birla housesilver gelatin print1948ref. no. 1286743 mahatma gandhi 1286743 gandhiji corrects a message just after breaking his fast, birla house osian's collection india birla house, delhi silver gelatin print 1948 henri cartier-bresson in 1927–28 he studied in paris with andré lhote, who instilled in him a lifelong interest in painting. in 1929 cartier-bresson went to the university of cambridge, where he studied literature and painting.
cartier-bresson’s first serious concern with the camera occurred in about 1930, after he saw work of two major 20th-century photographers, eugène atget and man ray. making use of a small allowance, he traveled to africa in 1930 and lived in ivory coast for nearly a year, recording his experiences with a miniature camera. in 1932 he purchased his first 35-mm leica and traveled across europe. his work was first published with voilà and photographies in 1932, after which he diversified into the field of cinema (1935-1939) and also undertook photography during the war years (1940-45). between the years 1948 and 1950, cartier-bresson spent three years in the far east.
known for his humane and spontaneous photography, he helped establish photojournalism as an art form. his book images à la sauvette (1952) or the decisive moment best expresses his theory of photography. no single photographer is more closely linked to the development of modern photojournalism than is cartier-bresson, whose itinerant nature brought him to some of the most momentous events and sites in modern history - from the liberation of paris from nazi occupation to the last day's of mahatma gandhi's life. 1908-2004 mast.phg.0000013 henri cartier-bresson 1908 2004