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Alberto Giacometti

With the popularity of news weeklies, photojournalists had a growing market for their works, including portraits. Preferring action shots to studio poses, they often took their small hand-held cameras out into the streets. Cartier-Bresson, a master of this style of informal portraiture, captured a sense of time combined with intimate, elegant, and witty compositions, as seen in this Parisian portrait of his good friend Alberto Giacometti, the Swiss sculptor best known for his elongated walking figures.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes two other portrait photographs of this artist by Yousuf Karsh (Eskenazi Museum of Art 76.113.18) and Arnold Newman (Eskenazi Museum of Art 64.115.6).

Henri Cartier-Bresson
French, 1908–2004
Alberto Giacometti
1963
Gelatin silver print
Image: 14 1/8 x 9 1/2 in. (35.9 x 24.1 cm); sheet: 15 11/16 x 11 3/8 in. (39.8 x 28.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 76.113.8

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