Tuesday, February 5, 2013


Ruth Orkin, Young American Woman in Italy, 1951 © Ruth Orkin /Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg never intended to build up such a collection of “clichés”.

He fell into photography when he got an camera in his own two hands in 1970. He quickly abandonned shooting himself for a much larger scope of action: sell other peoples photographies. No collecting in mind yet as he had no means for such a venture, even though he was an obsessionnal collector already.







Ralph Eugene Meatyard, ST (Tricycle in the snow), circa 1955, 22.9x24.1cm


Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Jerome Liebling, Lee Friedlander, Lisette Model, Dorothea Lange… they all seduced Howard Greenberg, and many of their pieces ended up in his collection, one of the most incredible photo archives in the world.

A major figure on the photography market, the New Yorker built up a gold mine of sepia and black and white images over more than 30 years. His  discoveries came thick and fast, leading him to found the Centre for Photography at Woodstock, a celebrated gallery that has become a New York institution.

From Czech modernists to great Amercian masters, his collection is full of masterpieces, and tells a unique and intimate story of photography at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson.



Three Apples, vers 1920


Howard Greenberg Collection, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson,

 2 impasse Lebouis, 75014 Paris

Every day except Monday. From 1pm to 6.30pm and on Wednesday till 8.30pm.

Fee : 6 € / 4 €, free on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Till April 28th, 2013.

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