Analysis Of Seville, Spain, By Henri Cartier Bresson Essay

772 Words Aug 12th, 2015 4 Pages
This image, titled Seville, Spain, was captured in 1933 by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The medium is gelatin silver print. I believe that the subject matter of this print is that of poverty, depression and children’s resolve to overcome. A group of school age children are spread throughout the foreground and background, framed by and surrounded by destroyed buildings. I believe the meaning of this photograph is that despite their homes and community being destroyed, the children can still find joy in life. They are not crying or fretting in the ruble, they are throwing balls, climbing through the holes and socializing. I assume that this is post-war and their communities were bombed or attacked by ground troops. Either their community has not been able to rebuild or is too poor to do so. Henri Cartier-Bresson was touring Europe with a 35mm Leica camera. This produced gelatin silver prints, also known as “black and white;” it was used throughout the late 1800s and 1900s. The unique thing about gelatin silver print is that they are prone to deterioration due to external factors such as water, air pollutants, heat, processing and particle size (Weaver, 2008). This means that it is very difficult to ensure the stability of the prints over time. In a post-apocalyptic world, these prints would soon perish if not cared for properly. From the inception of photography until the digital age, this was the primary form of photography; an art form that was crucial in story telling during…

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