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 with a special interest in contemporary Middle Eastern Art. She has a BA in Art History and an MA in Contemporary Art and Art Theory of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies. She runs the Gallery Girl blog and also writes for After Nyne, Ibraaz and Reorient.

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