Henri Cartier-Bresson

1908 - 2004

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (French: [kaʁtje bʁɛsɔ̃]; 22 August 1908 – 3 August 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment.Cartier-Bresson was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos in 1947. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henri Cartier-Bresson has received more than 1,370,535 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Henri Cartier-Bresson is the 2nd most popular photographer, the 307th most popular biography from France (up from 328th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Photographer.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is most famous for his candid photographs of people in the street.

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Among photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 2 out of 105Before him are Nadar. After him are Eadweard Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, Dora Maar, Alberto Korda, Robert Doisneau, Vivian Maier, Helmut Newton, Heinrich Hoffmann, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Felice Beato.

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Among people born in 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 13Before him are Claude Lévi-Strauss, Lyndon B. Johnson, Herbert von Karajan, Otto Skorzeny, Ian Fleming, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. After him are Olivier Messiaen, Bette Davis, Lev Landau, Geli Raubal, Edward Teller, and Simon Wiesenthal. Among people deceased in 2004, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 8Before him are Marlon Brando, Yasser Arafat, Jacques Derrida, Ray Charles, Juliana of the Netherlands, and Francis Crick. After him are Peter Ustinov, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Czesław Miłosz, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Françoise Sagan, and Janet Leigh.

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Among people born in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 307 out of 5,234Before him are Germaine de Staël (1766), Simone Weil (1909), Frédéric Mistral (1830), Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), and Fernand Braudel (1902). After him are Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin (1699), Gustave Moreau (1826), Antonin Artaud (1896), Philippe II, Duke of Orléans (1674), Nicolas Sarkozy (1955), and Eugène de Beauharnais (1781).


Among photographers born in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 2Before him are Nadar (1820). After him are Dora Maar (1907), Robert Doisneau (1912), Elliott Erwitt (1928), André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819), Hippolyte Bayard (1801), Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894), Claude Cahun (1894), Marc Riboud (1923), Sophie Calle (1953), and Willy Ronis (1910).