Without exaggeration, we can call Henri Cartier-Bresson the father of photojournalism. He used what he described as "the decisive moment," to capture images that had both candid immediacy and formal composition.
As we know, pioneers, while the first, are rarely the best. Cartier-Bresson is the exception, and more than 300 examples of his exceptional work will be at the Tampa Museum of Art, 120 Gasparilla Plaza, beginning Saturday and continuing through Jan. 13.
The photographs, including Valencia, Spain (1933), shown above, were chosen by Cartier-Bresson before his death in 2004. The retrospective has toured in international venues, but this is its first stop in the U.S.
Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with extended hours to 8 p.m. on Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and military, $5 for students and free for children 6 and younger. "Pay what you will" on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit tampamuseum.org or call (813) 274-8130.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic