Helen Levitt, Tacubaya, Mexico City, 1941 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne
Helen Levitt, Tacubaya, Mexico City, 1941 © Film Documents LLC, courtesy Galerie Thomas Zander, Cologne 

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt - Mexico

14/02/2023 - 23/04/2023

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson 
 
 
 


 
The Fondation HCB is pleased to present an original dialogue between the Mexican photographs of Helen Levitt (1913-2009) and those of Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). The two photographers first met in New York in the spring of 1935. Cartier-Bresson had just spent a year in Mexico, while the American had only just started photographing the theater of New York street life. In 1941, fascinated by Cartier-Bresson’s work, Levitt decided to visit the same destination. The two voyages to Mexico turned out to be pivotal points at the beginning of their long careers, during which the two photographers each forged their own respective conceptions of photography.

Based on the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson’s collection and Helen Levitt’s archives, represented by Galerie Thomas Zander (Cologne), this exhibition presents around sixty prints by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt, as well as documents retracing their respective steps in Mexico.