Henri Cartier-Bresson • MoMA

Sunday, 7 December 2014

“[Henri] Cartier-Bresson was to consider Zen in the Art of Archery as the founding, canonical text of the photographic aesthetic. This was principally because it was neither a treatise on art nor a learned commentary, but an actual experience (this aspect was fundamental) that called into play all aspects of human life, with no dogma attached. At once an account of an apprentinceship in the acquisition of a skill, a questioning of the self, the search for inner improvement, an initiation into beauty and the achievement of a harmony with the world, it holds the same spiritual, material and artistic dimensions that had always constituted a whole in his own experience as a photographer.” Jean-Pierre Montier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art