Established by Henri Cartier-Bresson, his wife Martine Franck, and their daughter Mélanie, the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation opened its doors in May 2003. It now preserves Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck’s archives. Privately owned and recognized as being of public interest, the Foundation is now one of the most prestigious institutions in Paris.
WHY A FOUNDATION?
- To preserve the independence and legacy of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Martine Franck’s work.
- To retain an exceptional body of work in France.
- To show – via exhibitions – the “highlights” of the collection and the work of other photographers, painters, sculptors, and illustrators.
- To enable researchers to carry out their studies with more ease.
- To provide support to new photographic projects by organizing, every two years, the HCB Award with an international jury.
- To open up a debate on photography by organizing conferences, round-table discussions and screenings.