Henri Cartier-Bresson screening

On Monday, September 22, at 8 p.m., in honour of the 100th anniversary of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s birth, the Festival X will present “Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye”, a documentary dedicated to Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The documentary will be shown at the Bytowne, a theatre for art and experimental films.


The photograph...

"For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.

It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis."

Henri Cartier-Bresson

For more information on the photograph and photographer, please visit the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation Web site.
Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation Web site

The Festival...

Festival X’s main objective is to increase visibility and awareness of photographic art by promoting knowledge, creativity and innovation within photography, here in Ottawa and Gatineau.
The second part of the festival, which falls on the 100th anniversary of the birth of the world-renown photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, will follow the theme of Images à la sauvette. This exhibition will showcase the French artist’s work.

For more information, please use the following link :

"Henri Cartier-Bresson : The Impassioned Eye"
- Septembre 22nd, 8pm

- Bytowne Cinema
325 Rideau Street, Ottawa
- Admission fee : 10$ (Non-Members) / 7$ (Members)
- Information : (613) 789-4600

Last modified on 29/09/2008

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