Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Located in an elegant setting in the Marais district, in the historic heart of Paris, this foundation is dedicated to the life and work of the influential French photographer.

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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.

Currently at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation

Until June 19, 2022, dive with Mathieu Pernot into "The ruin of his home ". Winner of the 2019 HCB Prize, the photographer presents a photographic journey divided between Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. His grandfather's travel album, made in 1926, is the starting point and outlines the itinerary followed from Beirut to Mosul, between the ruins of the thousand-year-old civilisations of the Middle East and those of the tragedies of recent history. With a sensibility close to that of a documentary, Mathieu Pernot unveils a dialectic work that questions the juxtaposition of the narratives of history and those of his family history.
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

Days and opening hours

Every day throughout the year between 11 am and 7 pm. Closed on Monday. Closed exceptionally on January 1st, May 1st and December 25th. Last entry: 18:20.


  • Full price: 9 € Reduced price: 5 €.
    Free entry for children < 18 years.


  • Temporary exhibition


Spoken languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
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