Saturday, October 20, 2012

Gandhi and Henri Cartier-Bresson - In Gandhi's Final Hour

The Photography Daily THEME announces an exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway, remembering two giants of cultural life - Mahatma Gandhi and Henri Cartier-Bresson (HCB).
Mahatma Gandhi, by Henri Cartier Bresson, Magnum Photos
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It turns out that HCB was the last to photograph Gandhi, meeting with him one hour before he was assassinated by a Hindu fanatic. What a terrible shame.
 
(Click Here) to read the whole story on THEME.
 
I am so used to seeing HCB's street photography that I wonder what it was like to experience him on an assignment to photograph a single person. I have seen some of his portrait work, like that above, and it certainly shows his mastery of the photographic media. But, I think of him as the "capture the moment" guy, rather than covering a single personality on assignment.
 
HCB stayed on in India after the assassination, covering the public's response to the event.
 
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