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Queen Charlotte's Ball
London, 1959

FERDINANDO SCIANNA talks about Henri Cartier-Bresson:

Henri often says that he is Sicilian like me. His parents, just married, were in Palermo nine months before Henri was born. Is this why I think he is one of my best friends?

In a picture he dedicated for me he wrote that "l'amitiè n'a rien a voir avec les dates".
Nothing to do with your nationality too, I agree. I am a photographer, and a kind of photographer that could not exist without Cartier-Bresson's work. But, since we met, our conversations are more often about literature, and the lack of morals in the contemporary world!
I believe that the most important influences he has had for me are his intelligence, generosity and humanity.

Queen Charlottes Ball is about music, harmony, and complicity. You might think that it is impossible to isolate a moment which expresses all these things in only one still image.

Henri Cartier Bresson is able to do this, and much more.

Ferdinando Scianna, July 2003


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