Paris Landscape. 1985. Henri Cartier-Bresson. Photo via

Henri Cartier-Bresson,  the master of candid photography, is not called “the Eye of the 21st Century” for nothing. He traveled around the world between 1908 and 2004 with his Leica camera, capturing statements for surrealism, communism and photojournalism. Painter, poet, anthropologist, entrepreneur and occasional actor, the French photographer portrayed writers, artists, wars, revolutions and most importantly, a lot of common people and city streets. His pictures are, without question, iconic documents of human history.

Cartier-Bresson was born in Chantelopu, Seine-et-Marne in 1908, and he quickly demonstrated a fascination with painting, particularly surrealism. In 1932, he discovered what would be his faithful partner, the Leica camera. From that moment on, the passion for photography took over his life. He passed at home a few weeks after his 96th birthday, in August 2004, after receiving numerous awards and recognition worldwide.

For his expansive success and his exceptional ability to capture and translate the world around him, Henri Cartier-Bresson is being honored by the Buenos Aires Ministry of Culture. Starting today, 133 select pieces of his work will be exhibited at the Usina del Arte. The collection includes photos from his early surrealist period and his documentary work in Paris, as well as a series from his travels during the 1960s and 1970s through India, China, Mexico, Japan, Egypt and Turkey, among others. Also on display are portraits of famous figures include Truman Capote, Ezra Pound, Jean Paul Sartre, Henri Matisse and Samuel Beckett.


February 21st — April 1st
Tuesdays — Thursdays | 2 PM — 7 PM
Fridays — Sundays | 12 PM — 9 PM


Museo del Cine Pablo Ducrós Hicken (Usina del Arte) | Caffarena 49

How much?

Admission is free!