Rethinking Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Examining culture and the arts.
Aug. 22 2007 4:06 PM

The Incisive Moment

Henri Cartier-Bresson at work.

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Click here to read a slide show essay about the early years of Henri Cartier-Bresson's career. His work is currently on view, along with Martin Munkacsi's, at the International Center for Photography in New York.

(Note: In 1947, Cartier-Bresson helped found Magnum Photos. Since 2005, Slate and Magnum have jointly produced " Today's Pictures," which appears on Slate.)

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.