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Henri Cartier-Bresson in India

In 1947, the same year he co-founded Magnum Photos, Henri Cartier-Bresson made his first trip to India, following the country’s recent independence. The trip was part of a three year stay in Asia, and a much longer engagement with the country. The images he made there are the subject of a new show, “Henri Cartier-Bresson: India in Full Frame,” opening today at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City and on view until September 4. The show presents 69 images from his travels there, along with his letters and camera. Among them are photographs Cartier-Bresson made of Mahatma Gandhi in January of 1948, as the country worked through the aftermath of independence and partition. The images show some of the leader’s last hours, and the events following his assassination. They were widely published by outlets including LIFE, and brought Cartier-Bresson international attention. Also on view are his images of politicians, refugees and everyday life. As Beth Citron, curator at the Rubin and organizer of the exhibition, says in a statement, the show highlights ordinary scenes as well as “many important moments in modern Indian history. They reflect Cartier-Bresson’s mastery of his medium, as well as his abiding interest in the people and sites of India.”

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