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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition comes to London

10th December 2012

London's Somerset House will be showing the work of a key French photographer this winter.

The exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson is on until January 27th 2013 and is ideal for amateur photographers staying in central London hotels.

Featuring 15 images produced by the artist, the main focus of the new show will be to examine the move towards colour by photographers during the 1950s. As well as Cartier-Bresson's work, there will also be photos by other European and American artists that look at the development of new photographic techniques.

The curator of Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, William E Ewing, explained: "This exhibition will show how Henri Cartier-Bresson, in spite of his sceptical attitude regarding the artistic value of colour photography, nevertheless exerted a powerful influence over photographers who took up the new medium and who were determined to put a personal stamp on it."

Admission to the show is free and it is open every day from 10am to 6pm at Somerset House on the Southbank. The exhibition is being organised by the Positive View Foundation which uses photography as a way to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.

Somerset House is also currently hosting an exhibition that looks at the work of top clothes designer Valentino Garavani.

Running until the start of March next year, the exhibition looks at the life and work of the couture designer and visitors are given the chance to look at more than 130 of Valentino's creations.

Some of the outfits featured in the exhibition have been worn by a number of famous people such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Admission to the Valentino show costs £12.50 for adults and £9 for concessions. The exhibition is open every day, with a special late night opening every Thursday until 9pm.


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