Skip to main content

Ile de la Cité, Paris

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Artwork Details

Ile de la Cité, Paris
1952; printed later
Henri Cartier-Bresson
gelatin silver print on paper
11 15/16 in x 15 7/8 in (30.32 cm x 40.32 cm)
Gift of Maxine and Lawrence K. Snider


Subject Matter:

Henri Cartier-Bresson is known for “the decisive moment,” the fleeting time in which a photographer must make an instantaneous decision. Bresson began photographing seriously in 1930, acquiring a Leica, which was used throughout his career photographing some of the 20th century’s most important events. Bresson co-founded Magnum Photos with Robert Capa, David Seymour, and George Rodger. After 1970, Bresson turned to drawing, photographing only occasionally.

Physical Description:

A photograph of an island on a foggy day. On either side of the island, two bridges stretch out of the composition. 

Usage Rights:

If you are interested in using an image for a publication, please visit for more information and to fill out the online Image Rights and Reproductions Request Form.