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Visitors' Guide to the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

A Foundation Dedicated to Photography

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The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is housed in an art-deco building whose airy interior is decided

The Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is housed in an art-deco building whose airy interior is decidedly contemporary.

©2010 Courtney Traub

Entirely dedicated to the medium of photography, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson opened in 2003 in cooperation with the eponymous and world-renowned photographer. Housed in an ornate art-deco style building that dates to 1912, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson comprises two exhibition rooms joined by an eye-catching spiral staircase (pictured).

Spotlight on Great Lenses

The Foundation, though still young, showcases three exhibits a year and has already become one of Paris' most important exhibition spaces for the photographic medium. In addition to temporary spotlights on different aspects of Cartier-Bresson's work, the foundation has recently run successful exhibits on photographers such as August Sander and Robert Doisneau, and is in the process of creating a permanent archive on Henri Cartier-Bresson's work that will be consultable upon appointment.

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Location

Address: 2, Impasse Lebouis, 14th arrondissement
Metro: Gaite (line 13) or Montparnasse (Line 4,6,12,13)
Tel: +33(0)156 802 700
Visit the official website (in English)

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Opening Hours

Tuesday-Sunday: 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 6:45 pm
Extended hours and free admission on Wednesday evenings: 6:30 to pm to 8:30 pm Closed: Mondays, French bank holidays and between Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Admission

Reduced-price tickets: Visitors under 26 and senior citizens
Free admission: Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to pm to 8:30 pm

Current and Upcoming Exhibits at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

To view the current program, see this page.
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