The Paris in which Cartier-Bresson came of age was undergoing rapid industrial change and, also, dizzying artistic foment.
In the post-war days of February 1947, Cartier-Bresson had his first institutional retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
For a story about the coronation of King George VI in 1935, Cartier-Bresson rather notably took zero pictures of the monarch.
In 1954, Cartier-Bresson was the first Western reporter allowed into the USSR since 1947.
Several years later, riding the Fifth Avenue bus in New York, he spotted Cartier-Bresson walking down the street.
Cartier-Bresson died in Provence in 2004, but this anniversary show reinforces that he is as substantial a presence as ever.
Cartier-Bresson grew up in a fashionable part of Paris and spent his childhood visiting one family chateau or another.
In 1948, Cartier-Bresson was in India and visited Gandhi moments before he died.
During World War II, Cartier-Bresson spent three years in German labor camp.
To say that Cartier-Bresson was a photojournalist does not take into full account the scope of his ambition or his background.