Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

HAMBURG, West Germany—Around the neck of a young man hangs a sign that reads, "I am looking for any kind of work," December 1952-January 1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

HAMBURG, West Germany—Around the neck of a young man hangs a sign that reads, "I am looking for any kind of work," December 1952-January 1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DESSAU, Germany—A transit camp, located between the American and Soviet zones, was organized for refugees, political prisoners, POWs, forced laborers, and displaced persons returning from the Eastern front of Germany after having been liberated by the Soviet army. A Belgian woman and former Gestapo informer, being identified as she tried to hide in the crowd, April 1945. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

DESSAU, Germany—A transit camp, located between the American and Soviet zones, was organized for refugees, political prisoners, POWs, forced laborers, and displaced persons returning from the Eastern front of Germany after having been liberated by the Soviet army. A Belgian woman and former Gestapo informer, being identified as she tried to hide in the crowd, April 1945. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

MUNICH, West Germany—Oktoberfest, 1961. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

HAMBURG, West Germany—December 1952-January 1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

HAMBURG, West Germany—December 1952-January 1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos