HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, HELEN LEVITT Mexique / Mexico
Edited by Thomas Zander
Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König, Cologne
With a conversation between Anne Bertrand and Joshua Chuang
The publication presents an original dialogue between the Mexican photographs of Helen Levitt and Henri Cartier-Bresson. The two photographers first met in New York in the spring of 1935. Cartier-Bresson had just spent a year in Mexico, while Levitt had only just started photographing New York street life. In 1941, fascinated by Cartier-Bresson's work, Levitt decided to visit the same destination. The two voyages to Mexico turned out to be pivotal points at the beginning of the artists‘ respective long careers, during which the two photographers each forged their own respective and conceptions of photography.
The catalogue is accompanying the exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt: Mexico at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris, 14 February – 23 April 2023.