Natcho Aguirre, Santa Clara by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Natcho Aguirre, Santa Clara by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Natcho Aguirre, Santa Clara
Gelatin Silver Print
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA

Shot during a trip to Mexico, “Natcho Aguirre, Santa Clara” exemplifies the influence of Surrealism on Cartier-Bresson’s work, and like Surrealist paintings his Surrealist photographs are perplexing and often disturbing visual games to provoke the subconscious mind to make the deeply personal connections. The half-naked man seemingly writhing from the remainder of his clothing could be contorted either by pain or pleasure. The shoes take on significance because of their displacement; cast aside and ordinary juxtaposed with the mysterious male torso. The lack of logic in this juxtaposition was a hallmark of Cartier-Bresson’s Surrealism.

Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson
Modern Photography, Straight Photography, Photojournalism, Documentary Photography
Born: 22 August 1908, Chantelop-en-Brie, France
Nationality: French
Died: 3 August 2004, Montjustin, France

Cartier-Bresson was an artist and humanist photographer renowned for his candid photography and as early use of 35mm film. A pioneer of Street Photography Cartier-Bresson viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment