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Timeline: Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Cartier-Bresson helped set the standard for photographic reportage
Key dates in the life of one of the most influential photographers of the 20th Century, Henri Cartier-Bresson, who has died in France, aged 95.

1908 - Born 22 August in Chanteloup, near Paris.

1927-28 - Studies painting with Cubist painter and sculptor Andre Lhote.

1931 - Takes his first photographs during a year in Ivory Coast.

1933 - Exhibits work at the Julien Levy gallery in New York, and later at the Ateneo club in Madrid. Published in the photography magazine Arts et Métiers Graphiques.

1934 - Visits Mexico with an ethnographic exhibition.

1935 - Takes his first photos of New York and experiments in film with US photographer and cameraman Paul Strand.

1937 - Directs documentary films about the Spanish Civil War.

1940 - Taken prisoner by the Nazis.

1943 - Escapes at his third attempt (in February).

1944-45 - As part of a team, photographs the Liberation of Paris. Directs The Return, a documentary on the repatriation of POWs and detainees.

1946 - Works on a "posthumous" exhibition in the US, proposed when he was believed to have died in the war.

1947 - Co-founds the Magnum photo agency.

1948-50 - In the Far East, to cover Gandhi's death in India, the Chinese civil war and Indonesian independence.

1952 - Publishes his first book, Images a la sauvette, with a cover by artist Henri Matisse.

1955 - First exhibition in France at the Pavillon de Marsan in the Louvre, which subsequently travels all over the world.

1966 - Leaves Magnum to concentrate on portraiture and landscapes.

1975 - First exhibition of drawings at the Carlton Gallery, New York.

1981 - Receives Grand Prix National de la Photographie in Paris.

2003 - Inauguration of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation. Honoured with major retrospective exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson de qui s'agit-il? at the Bibliotheque nationale de France.


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