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Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

This museum is a great pilgrimage for photography buffs. Henri Cartier-Bresson is widely regarded as the father of modern photojournalism, and his museum truly reflects this legacy. Not only showing his own works, but also contributions from those he has inspired, this is a great celebration of the master’s continuing significance. Both the permanent and changing exhibitions seem to highlight to us, as the iPhone, Instagram, and blogging generation, that we often demonstrate Cartier-Bresson’s influence, perhaps unknowingly.

Sitting in an elegant Montparnasse atelier built in 1912, the space has been awarded prizes for architecture, and was recently renovated. The beautiful studio is very well lit, and a two-storey glass façade floods the space with natural light. This provides the perfect setting for the majesty of Cartier-Bresson’s black and white works. The permanent archival collection also includes his magazine publications, videos, posters and all documented aspects of his career, for a fantastic overview of his life’s work.




Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson


The Foundation’s bookstore offers publications about Henri Cartier-Bresson and other exhibited artists. You can also find catalogues of exhibitions organized by the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, and the much recommended double DVD box set, Henri Cartier-Bresson, published by MK2.

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General information


Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
2 Impasse Lebouis




+33 (0) 1 56 80 27 00

Opening Hours

Tuesday 13.00 – 18.30
Wednesday 13.00 – 20.30
Thursday – Friday 13.00 – 18.30
Saturday 11.00 – 18.45
Sunday 13.00 – 18.30

General Admission

€ 6

Getting There

Metro: Gaite (M13), Pernety (M13)

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