Henri spent three years as a prisoner-of-war during the Second World War before escaping and joining a group of Communist resistance fighters. After the war he travelled extensively around the world, published widely in magazines and made an impression on the public for portraying the daily lives of the local people in the different countries he visited. Recurring themes emerged from his work after 1945 - the death and destruction of war, the relationship between humans and machines, the representation of power in public space, signs of the emerging consumer society, crowds and photographic abstract composition. One of his fascinating methods was to find the right background with interesting elements of composition and wait for someone to randomly populate it.
From 1970, Cartier-Bresson began to distance himself from Magnum and his work became more contemplative and evoked his early pictures. He went back to drawing and supervising the organization of his archives, sales of prints and production of books and exhibitions. He was born in 1908 and died in 2004. The traveling exhibition is on its way to Madrid and then to Rome.
For more info see Le Centre Pompidou and The Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation .