Maps of Henri Cartier Bresson’s Travels by Adrian Kitzinger @ MoMa


[Editor’s note: Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908รขโ‚ฌโ€œ2004) helped to define photographic modernism starting in the 1930s when he began working for Life and other news “picture” magazines (exhibit at MoMa in New York thru June 28, 2010). He snatched beguiling images from fleeting moments of everyday life. He traveled the whole world over, as this series of maps from Adrian Kitzinger shows. Because he visited some cities more than once, the cartographer employs a clever technique of showing overall trips with colored route lines and visited cities in normal black type. If subsequent visits were made, the city name is underlined in the route color of the 2ndary, tertiary, etc trip. Some indication is also made for the mode of transport. Photo below is from after WWII as a women denounces another for ratting on her to the Nazi secret police during the war.]

Republished from the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

These maps, by Adrian Kitzinger, have been adapted from the maps he made for the detailed chronology of Cartier-Bresson’s travels in the book that accompanies the exhibition. The principal itineraries are named by year and distinguished by color, and are keyed to a descriptive list on each map. Please note that some quite similar colors designate entirely distinct itineraries.

Cartier-Bresson’s travel is rendered as lines (solid by land or sea, dashes by air) following the most probable routes; when a route cannot be reasonably surmised or clearly shown, locales that belong to a single trip share a color code: underscores or colored type. Some more far-flung connections are indicated with dotted arrows. Places Cartier-Bresson visited independently of a recorded itinerary are represented as circles with gray rather than white centers.

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2 Responses to “Maps of Henri Cartier Bresson’s Travels by Adrian Kitzinger @ MoMa”

  1. Thanks for sharing this cartographic angle on the important exhibition at the MoMa. I was just reading about it in The Economist:

    N.B. I think there might be a typo in the phrase “the cartographer employs a cleaver technique”. Perhaps the cartographer is using a *clever* technique instead?

    Christine Bush

  2. nathaniel says:

    @ Christine: Thanks for the Economist link and clever spelling catch ๐Ÿ˜‰