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Old July 9th, 2009, 11:04 PM
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Default Red faces in Paris as 'destroyed' Cartier-Bresson snaps resurface



Reuters Image: Henri Cartier-Bresson

The celebrated French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson, (for a brief biography)and here for some collected works by a close associate) is one of the most respected and treasured photographers of the 20th century. It would be fair to see that he is a "French National Treasure"!


Unfortunately, some of his prints, supposedly destroyed after a flood, are turning up on the market, according to his widow. The allegation is deeply embarrassing to the French government which was given the 551 images by one of the greatest photographic masters in 1955 and 1970.
Some time before 1991, the prints were seriously damaged by flooding while stored in the basement of the contemporary arts centre in Paris. The photographer agreed, reluctantly, that they should be destroyed. In recent years, according to his widow, Martine Francq, batches of prints from this "lost" collection have been turning up on the French art market.

The potential for profit – and official embarrassment – is enormous. Last year an original print, made by Cartier-Bresson himself, fetched $265,000 at auction in New York. "Both sellers and potential buyers should beware," Mme Franck – also a photographer – said yesterday. "It seems that the French state was doubly negligent, first in failing to look after these works and then in failing to destroy them."

The French Government, after a flood and inspection by the famed photographer, Henri Cartier Bresson, agreed to destroy all the damaged prints. However, they keep turning up for sale! One was confirmed to have been printed solely for one exhibit. Still the government claims otherwise!
Read the entire story here.
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