Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Located in an elegant setting in the Marais district, in the heart of historic Paris, this foundation, created by the influential French photographer, is dedicated to the preservation of his work as well as hosting the work of other photographers.

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Created by Henri Cartier-Bresson, his wife Martine Franck and their daughter Mélanie, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation opened its doors in 2003. It holds the co-founder of Magnum Photos and his wife’s rare and precious archives. Moving selections from it are regularly curated in exhibitions, along with works by contemporary photographers.

Henri Cartier-Bresson, a major figure in photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson left a lasting mark on world photographic history. Known for the graphic precision of his compositions he never had to crop, the French artist didn’t miss a single “decisive moment” of his time. His sharp eye focused on the battle of the Spanish Republicans, the victory of the Chinese communists, the last moments of WWII, Gandhi’s movement for peace in India…the list goes on. A pioneer of photojournalism, he also excelled in photographing art. The prolific nature of his work, spanning nearly 70 years, is largely to thank for the creation of such an extraordinarily vast collection of historic images, amounting to nothing short of photographic perfection.

The photo lives all year long in Paris Region. Discover the most beautiful exhibitions of the moment!

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79 rue des Archives
75003 Paris 3ème

Line 3: Arts et métiers Line 8 : Filles du Calvaire Line 1 : Hôtel de Ville Bus 29 - 75 : Archives-Haudriettes Bus 20 : Square du Temple

Days and opening hours

From 01/01 to 3112 between 11 am and 7 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. The bookshop is open to the public. Last entrance: 6.20 pm The Foundation is closed during the exhibition set-up period.


  • Full price: 10 € Reduced price: 6 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years.


  • Temporary exhibition


Spoken languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
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79 rue des Archives
75003 Paris 3ème

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  • Cyrille Weiner