Rare Photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson to Be Auctioned

On October 4 and 5 , Christie's will be auctioning 32 never-before-seen photographs taken by Henri Cartier-Bresson. These gelatin silver prints are signed by the artist and were shot between 1967- 1997. The auction also include rare images like "La Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932? which is expected to fetch between $30,000 - $50,000.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered to be one of most famous photographers of our time. Called the father of modern photojournalism, he is best known for the concept "the decisive moment" - the fraction of a second in which the photographer's eye sees that creative moment in front of them and their intuition knows when to click the camera.

All images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, courtesy of Christie's Images, Ltd. 2012

Rue Mouffetard, 1954. Gelatin silver print, printed late 1960s. Inscribed "a Voya qui merite juste les 2 litres, amities Henri" in ink (in the margin.) $20,000-30,000

Friday Prayer, Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948. Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970. Inscribed "pour Voya tres amicalement Henri" in ink (in the margin.) $25,000-35,000

La Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932. Gelatin silver print. $30,000 - $50,000

Our Cat Ulysses and Martine's Shadow, 1988. Gelatin silver print inscribed "pour Voya bien amicalement, Henri" in ink (in the margin.) $12,000-18,000

Srinagar, Kashmir, 1948. Gelatin silver print, printed 1967 inscribed "Voya delineavit, Jeanine encore plus, sans oublier Pierre G. qui a achete le papier." and "Henri pinxit merci Voya H+C-B" in ink (in the margin.) $12,000-18,000

The Banks of the Marne, 1938. Gelatin silver print. $25,000 - $35,000

Valley in Queyras, Hautes-Alpes, France, 1960. Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967-1973 inscribed "pour Voya avec mon amitie, Henri" in ink (in the margin.) $10,000-15,000

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