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 aka Gallery Girl is a writer and curator based in London. Her work has been featured in publications including Dazed, Hyperallergic and Vogue Arabia. She was curator of Perpetual Movement during AWAN Festival 2018 and in 2019 had a residency at the Lab at Darat Al Funun in Amman, Jordan. She has also worked with Armenia Art Fair for its inaugural edition and previously worked as an editor at I.B.Tauris Publishers. In 2019 she co-founded Arsheef, Yemen’s first contemporary art gallery. She has given workshops at Manara Culture in Amman, Jordan and Victoria and Albert Museum in London, UK. As of 2020 she is currently in law school, with the ambition of greater understanding the intersection between art and the law.

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