Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer and painter who was known for exclusively using the standard Leica camera. Cartier-Bresson began to study painting and became accomplished at disposition and composition. He was active in World War II, but was captured by the Germans. Following his successful escape, he and fellow photographers such as Frank Capa founded the photo collective Magnum Photos in 1947. He worked with many major newspapers and published several highly acclaimed photo books. In the 1970s he began to increasingly work with painting.
Cartier-Bresson won the 1982 Hasselblad Award.
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