A Black And White Perspective Of India’s Vivid Past

Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full-Frame

Rubin Museum, New York

Till September 4

The pictures on the wall of the Rubin Museum in New York tell the story of a not-so-distant India’s past. Henri Cartier-Bresson travelled to India when the country was still reeling from the aftermath of the partition. He met Mahatma Gandhi in January 1948. It was one of Mahatma’s final meeting before he was assassinated on January 30.

The resulting photos of Gandhi’s last day of life and the events surrounding his funeral, which helped catapult Cartier-Bresson to international fame, are part of a selection of 69 photographs from the photographer’s travels to India shared in the exhibition.

They reflect his abiding interest in the people and sites of India, including some examples of his “street photography” style that has influenced generations of photographers. 

Curated by Beth Citron, Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full-Frame is organized by the Rubin Museum of Art in collaboration with Magnum Photos and the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.

Picture Credit: ©Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos