To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

MULHOUSE, ALSACE, France—The Tour de France, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MULHOUSE, ALSACE, France—The Tour de France, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Sunday on the banks of the River Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Painter Leonor Fini, 1932.  © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—Painter Leonor Fini, 1932. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DIEPPE, France—Normandy, 1926. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DIEPPE, France—Normandy, 1926. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France—A newlywed couple at an outdoor cafe in the Vallée de la Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

JOINVILLE-LE-PONT, France—A newlywed couple at an outdoor cafe in the Vallée de la Marne, 1938. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ARLES, France—1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ARLES, France—1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

CANNES, France—Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk toward the Hotel Carlton, which bears a poster for Tati’s Mon Oncle, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

CANNES, France—Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk toward the Hotel Carlton, which bears a poster for Tati’s Mon Oncle, playing at the Cannes Film Festival, 1958. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AVIGNON, VAUCLUSE, France—1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AVIGNON, VAUCLUSE, France—1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ÎLE DE FRANCE, France—Along the Marne River, 1936. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ÎLE DE FRANCE, France—Along the Marne River, 1936. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

OISE, France—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

OISE, France—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DORDOGNE, France—Le Bugue, 1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DORDOGNE, France—Le Bugue, 1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—A Champagne vineyard, Marne, 1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

FRANCE—A Champagne vineyard, Marne, 1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

BOUGIVAL, France—1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

BOUGIVAL, France—1956. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos