‘Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full Frame’
The photographs Henri Cartier-Bresson took in India between 1947 and 1980, writes Ratik Asokan in the NYR Daily, “are quiet, self-effacing, and resolutely static. Even when he shoots in crowds, as he does at a cattle sale, there is little sense of movement or noise. If in Europe he chased the ‘decisive moment,’ there’s something conspicuously timeless about his panoramas of Indian peasants and cowherds. He also uses a different perspective. In Europe, he’s almost indecently close to his subjects; in India, he shoots from afar, with a sort of wide-angle pastoralism or classicism.”
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