Cartier-Bresson @ Somerset House


Following its photographic success from its Tim Walker exhibition, Somerset House plays host to the Positive View Foundation’s inaugural exhibition: Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour. In this one-of-a-kind exhibition the frenchman who is famed for his black and white photography is presented alongside the works of 14 international contemporary photographers. Each has been inspired by Cartier-Bresson’s street photography, yet all of them have printed in colour.

The Positive View Foundation aims to make the best of contemporary photography accessible to a wide audience. They have chosen a perfect location in Somerset House for their first exhibition and have released a book and a series of events to run alongside the show. The foundation has certainly succeeded in bringing us exceptional photography and presents the show with 10 images which have never been exhibited in the UK as well as 75 other works from photographers from all over Europe, USA and Australia.

While I must admit that I know very little about photography it is interesting that a photographer who is well known for his less than positive views towards colour has been presented next to masses of it. That said for those like myself who do not have an education in photography it is wholly interesting and educational.

Cartier-Bresson A Question of Colour is on display at Somerset House until 27 January 2013.

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Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

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