France 1908 – 2004

Mexico 1934 Place made: Mexico
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: image 24.7 h x 16.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1986
Accession No: NGA 86.2099
  • In 1934, Cartier-Bresson spent a year in Mexico making images of the urban underlife of the country’s capital city, in the town of Juchitán in Oaxaca, and in the state of Puebla. He focused his camera on the people cast into the margins of visibility by the capitalist system. He sought them out in the street, armed with his telescopic eye. Cartier-Bresson’s work in Mexico reflected both his political identification with Communism and his involvement with the Surrealist movement, the later clearly an influence in this strange street scene.

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra