On 6 May 2023, Charles III and his wife Camilla Shand will be crowned King and Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms. On this occasion, the Fondation HCB revisits Henri Cartier-Bresson’s iconic series of photographs of the coronation of King George VI in 1937.
King George VI’s coronation in London, on May 12, 1937, was one of the most newsworthy events of the interwar period. Having already spent several months working for the newly founded communist newspaper Ce Soir, Cartier‑Bresson was on site to cover the event. While most reporters were attempting to photograph the coronation ceremony, the coach’s passage, or the royal family’s emergence on the balcony, that’s not what interested Cartier-Bresson. Rather than the new King, he preferred to photograph the people watching him pass by.
From May 5 to September 3, 2023 at Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.
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Credits : Henri Cartier-Bresson, Couronnement du roi George VI, Londres, Angleterre, 12 mai 1937 © Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos