It’s January and we’re feeling a pretty blue after weeks of partying, so, what better way to feel a little more alive than staring at some beautiful pictures for a few hours. We’re spoilt for choice with our list of art institutions in London but this weekend we’re off to catch Somerset House’s photography exhibition, Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour before it finishes at the end of the month. Don’t let the title confuse you though, this isn’t a show dedicated solely to the legendary photograph’s work but specifically about his ideas on colour photography – he really wasn’t into it – and the generation that were determined to overcome his criticism and create something awesome – they were really into it.
Whether you love him or hate him, Henri Cartier-Bresson is often deemed the unquestionable father of modern photography and many of the snappers covering the streets over London Fashion Week can thank him for developing street photography as we know it today. His presence in the exhibition is 10 equally incredible photographs that have never before been shown in the UK before and pay homage to his candid style. Alongside the master are 75 works by 15 international photographers such as a Topshop favourites Ernst Haas, Karl Baden and Helen Levitt.
The crux of the exhibition is seeing the generation of 20th and 21st century photographers overcome Cartier-Bresson’s criticism and instead become inspired by his ethos of capturing the ‘decisive moment.’ Whether it’s a group of children playing in Mexico in front of a sky blue temple by Alex Webb or a gang of mothers in vivid florals in Belgium by Harry Gruyeart, every image burns with a real gorgeousness. So, if the show doesn’t make you want to travel, it will at least make you appreciate the candid moments of life.
Don’t miss the exhibition and find out more, here.