Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who is considered one of the pioneers of modern photojournalism. He was born in 1908 in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France, and became interested in photography at a young age. Cartier-Bresson began his career as a photographer in the 1930s and quickly gained recognition for his work. He is known for his candid and spontaneous photographs, which often captured fleeting moments of everyday life.
Cartier-Bresson was a co-founder of the photography agency Magnum Photos and served as its president for many years. He traveled extensively throughout his career and photographed in many countries around the world. His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide, and his photographs are held in numerous public and private collections.
Throughout his career, Cartier-Bresson received numerous awards and accolades for his work. In 1970, he was awarded the French Legion of Honor, which is the highest civilian award in France. He was also the recipient of the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Foundation Photography Prize, which is given annually to a photographer who has made significant contributions to the field. Cartier-Bresson was also honored with the Grand Prize for Photography at the Venice Biennale in 1980.