The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographs from the Personal Collection of Peter Fetterman

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The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographs from the Personal Collection of Peter Fetterman

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The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographs from the Personal Collection of Peter Fetterman
Auction: Thu 9 Dec - Thu 16 Dec 2021
Exhibition: - Wed 15 Dec 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

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“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

This December, Sotheby’s New York is delighted to present The World of Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographs from the Personal Collection of Peter Fetterman. Highlighting six decades of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s impressive oeuvre, the 95 photographs featured in this auction include beloved images such as Behind the Gare Saint Lazare, ParisHyères, France; and Siphnos, Greece, among many others. Cartier-Bresson’s passion for photography was cemented in 1932 when he acquired a 35mm Leica, the handheld camera that revolutionized twentieth-century photography and freed him to photograph spontaneously anytime, anywhere. This manner of photographing ‘on the sly’ – his first book was called Images à la sauvette (1952), which roughly translates to ‘images on the sly’ – would become his trademark. For the rest of his illustrious career Cartier-Bresson traveled the world, making images that would leave an indelible mark on the history of photography.

 

Sotheby’s is honored to have been entrusted with this treasure trove of Cartier-Bresson photographs from the collection of Peter Fetterman, noted gallerist, collector, and longtime friend of the photographer. Nearly all photographs on offer were acquired directly from Cartier-Bresson by Mr. Fetterman. The auction will be open for bidding from December 9th to the 16th, and a public exhibition will be on view in our York Avenue galleries from December 11th to the 15th.

 

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

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For all enquiries please contact:

 

Emily Bierman

Vice President

Head of Department, Photographs

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EMILY.BIERMAN@SOTHEBYS.COM

 

Hermione Sharp

Specialist, Head of Sale

Photographs

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HERMIONE.SHARP@SOTHEBYS.COM

 

Aimee Pflieger

Assistant Vice President

Specialist

Photographs

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Kelly Sidley

Associate Specialist & Senior Researcher

Photographs

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Caroline Yarbrough

Administrator

Photographs

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Caroline.Yarbrough@sothebys.com

 

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