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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 35mm 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 1,584,871 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Henri Cartier-Bresson is the 2nd most popular photographer, the 316th most popular biography from France (down from 306th 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 Alexander Rodchenko, Eadweard Muybridge, Helmut Newton, Alberto Korda, Robert Doisneau, Dora Maar, Vivian Maier, Heinrich Hoffmann, Claude Cahun, and Alfred Stieglitz.

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Among people born in 1908, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 12Before him are Enver Hoxha, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Herbert von Karajan, Lyndon B. Johnson, Otto Skorzeny, and Ian Fleming. After him are Olivier Messiaen, Lev Landau, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Bette Davis, Simon Wiesenthal, and Geli Raubal. Among people deceased in 2004, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 9Before him are Marlon Brando, Ray Charles, Jacques Derrida, Juliana of the Netherlands, Francis Crick, and Christopher Reeve. After him are Françoise Sagan, Czesław Miłosz, Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, Susan Sontag, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, and Peter Ustinov.

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Among people born in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 316 out of 6,011Before him are Frédéric Passy (1822), Isabella of France (1295), Chrétien de Troyes (1135), Fernand Braudel (1902), Raynald of Châtillon (1123), and Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès (1748). After him are Françoise Sagan (1935), Ferdinand de Lesseps (1805), Carlo Buonaparte (1746), Guillaume de Machaut (1300), Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707), and Sophie Germain (1776).


Among photographers born in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson ranks 2Before him are Nadar (1820). After him are Robert Doisneau (1912), Dora Maar (1907), Claude Cahun (1894), Elliott Erwitt (1928), Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894), Hippolyte Bayard (1801), Sabine Weiss (1924), André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (1819), Marc Riboud (1923), and Sophie Calle (1953).