This spring, I returned to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and took in the Henri Cartier-Bresson retrospective. Cartier-Bresson is known as a keen observer and a great portraitist, but my niece Claire and I picked up on a running theme of duality. This pair of Polish mannequins is strangely animated, as if they could walk off at any moment.
I loved the signage in this image, but was delighted to catch the humorously located horse head which I had thought was part of the sculpture. Look closely to see the echoed arc on the wall and shadow.
In 1947 Henri helped pioneer the Magnum Agency, enabling photo journalists to reach a broader audience and maintain control over their work. I still remember the days before digital, when a photograph arrived with a cover sheet like this, a lovely collage of typography and instruction.