Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, façade, Paris 2015

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.
  1. What to see and do
  2. Museums and monuments
  3. Museums and cultural sites
  4. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson


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.

Take advantage of your summer in Paris Region to discover the exhibitions dedicated to Marie Bovo with Nocturnes and Martine Franck with Face à Face. They are extended until Sunday 23rd August.

Back to tab description

Community facilities

Access and contact

79 rue des Archives
75003 Paris 3ème

Days and opening hours

All year round, every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday between 11 am and 7 pm.


  • 9 €
  • Adult: from 9 €. Free entry for children < 12 years.


  • Temporary exhibition


Spoken languages

  • French

Single services tour

  • Unguided individual tours available permanently
  • Guided individual tours available permanently
Back to tab informations
Book your accomodation
*Please check the availabilities on (the sales term conditions and the privacy policies of will be applied).

Book your reservation nearby

Back to tab booking
Book now and pay on site
Book your accomodation nearby
*Please check the availabilities on (the sales term conditions and the privacy policies of will be applied).