A Question Of Colour – Henri Cartier Bresson @Somerset House, London

Posted on January 18, 2013



Apologies to the readers, this blog post was writen last month but somehow remained unposted. You’re still not too late to see the exhibition!



I went to a Henri Cartier Bresson exhibition at London’s Somerset House. It featured 10 New Bresson photos and a host of photos from past and current photographers influenced by Bresson but have adapted his method and ethos using colour.

Bresson was not a fan of colour photography and considered it as a non-serious form of photography. As a result he largely shot in black and white, so the experimentation and use of colour in his photography is rare.

Helen Levitt has some fantastic shots of New York from the 60s-70s which have been shown in this exhibition.

There is also a fantastic photo of an elegantly dressed woman with a ten dollar note in her mouth on the streets of New York – by Jeff Mermelstein.

Joel Meyerowitz which also features in the exhibition has written an interesting article debating colour photography vs Black and White.  http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/12/a-question-of-color-—-answered/

I loved this exhibition, it reinvigorated my photography and made me want to immediately go out an get shooting. Its a feeling that was missing when I visited the Ansel Adams exhibition previously.

The best thing in London is that so many of these kinds of exhibitions are free! You still have time to visit, details can be found on their website http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/about/press/press-releases/cartier-bresson-a-question-of-colour

The entrance is just behind the temporary Ice rink in the courtyard.