Cartier-Bresson: “A question of Color” expo starts in London today

Cartier-Bresson: "A question of Color" expo starts in London today (Nov 8-Jan 27, 2013). This exposition is centered around his almost unknown work with COLOR film. The show is created to feature these rare color images and also the new book titled "A Question of Color".

The press description reads as follows:

Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour features the work of a select number of photographers whose commitment to expression in colour was (or is) wholehearted, sophisticated, and measures up to Cartier-Bresson's requirement that content and form were in perfect balance. Some were his contemporaries, even, like Ernst Haas, friends; others, like Fred Herzog in Vancouver, knew Cartier-Bresson across a vast distance, essentially through his seminal books. Others were junior colleagues, like Harry Gruyaert, who found themselves debating colour ferociously with the master. However, the exhibition can only deal with the tip of the iceberg. Colour photographers indebted in one way or another to Henri Cartier-Bresson are legion. Nonetheless, few colour photographers could actually live up to the rigour he demanded, which he summarized as "the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression."

The Show has an even bigger theme as it features 15 additional photographers, Ernst Haas, Joel Meyerowitz, Jeff Mermelstein, Fred Herzog, Andy Freeberg to name only a few.  The show is excellent spectrum of real color "street photography" and "surrealism" themes.  The show also has a wonderful website that many of the images can be seen.  For those of us who are not able to actually see the show in person.

Visit the Positive View Foundation at http://positiveviewfoundation.org.uk/index.php/exhibitions/cartier-bresson-a-question-of-colour#

Now the "Positive View Foundation" is a really excellent creative expression of the positive influence the arts can have on our world.

A Positive View started as a personal philanthropic photography project hosted by the Saatchi Gallery in 1994, when all the donated works were sold by Sotheby's to support the Chickenshed Theatre Company for children with learning difficulties.

Diana, Princess of Wales, was that project's Royal Patron. And in 2010, when the concept was revisited, her son Prince William became Royal Patron in his turn.

The Somerset House is home to the "Positive View Foundation" Somerset House is a spectacular, imposing, neo-classical building in the heart of London, sitting between the Strand and the River Thames. Since opening to the public in 2000, Somerset House has produced a distinctive public programme that annually draws over 1.2 million visitors providing a centre for international arts and culture in the heart of London.

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  • Aaron @ AcuityColorGrain.Com

    This a misrepresentation of the actual show – there is no HCB in Color in the show, and in fact it’s misleading to call it a HCB show. There are only 6-8 of his images in the show (all B&W), and then many other (in my opinion mediocre) color street shots from other photographers subscribing to his aesthetic. To me the show proves HCB right – none of the Color shots have the power of the B&W.

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