Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century by MOMA Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the most influential and beloved figures in the history of photography. His inventive work of the early 1930s helped define the creative potential of modern photography. Following World War II, he helped found the Magnum photo agency, which enabled photojournalists to reach a broad audience through magazines such as Life while retaining control over their work. Cartier-Bresson would go on to produce major bodies of photographic reportage, capturing such events as China during the revolution, the Soviet Union after Stalin's death, the United States in the postwar boom and Europe as its older cultures confronted modern realities.
Published to accompany an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this is the first major publication to make full use of the extensive holdings of the Foundation Cartier-Bresson―including thousands of prints and a vast resource of documents relating to the photographer's life and work. The heart of the book surveys Cartier-Bresson's career through 300 photographs divided into 12 chapters. While many of his most famous pictures are included, a great number of images will be unfamiliar even to specialists. A wide-ranging essay by Peter Galassi, Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum, offers an entirely new understanding of Cartier-Bresson's extraordinary career and its overlapping contexts of journalism and art. The extensive supporting material―featuring detailed chronologies of the photographer's professional travels and of spreads of his picture stories as they appeared in magazines―will revolutionize the study of Cartier-Bresson's work.
For those that have followed my website for several years, they will notice that I recently decided to stop promoting the Barnstone Studios products and Myrons’ methods of design.
While many reasons went into making this difficult decision, the dominant force behind this shift in direction for Dynamic Symmetry Art had to do with making the information on classical skill-based design easier to learn for the modern artist and photographer.
In the past, Myron Barnstone has claimed that it took him two years to adequately teach the golden section system of design. However, in my opinion, and after much research, I have discovered that the art of composition can be learned in a matter of days and weeks (not years) by using simpler approaches to presenting this information.
Therefore, with this in mind, Dynamic Symmetry Art will no longer teach the technique of overlapping root rectangles or any other complex approach to design that will prevent the artist and photographer from learning the information needed to produce a masterful body of work.
Dynamic Symmetry Art is a non-commercial, comprehensive skill-based art learning resource for the serious artist, photographer, and graphic designer that wants to learn the art of composition and improve their visual literacy skills. Unlike so many other art and photography websites that offer the same tips, tricks, and rules, dynamicsymmetryart.com is about separating fact from fiction, revealing the painter's secret geometry, and providing easy-to-apply design techniques for anyone that has a strong desire to create masterful work.
Dynamic Symmetry Art will not take any future questions about any of the information on this website. However, all of the material on this website will be available for free for a limited time. Additionally, all the information provided on this website is strictly intended to teach the artist and photographer more about the art of composition and should never be used for any commercial purpose.
This website does not take donations or have any commercial affiliations with any other company.