Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Other Coronation


Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs of the crowds gathered to witness the coronation of King George VI in 1937 capture the British public at a unique historical moment


ISBN: 9780500027240 Category:

Clément Chéroux


The coronation of George VI on 12 May 1937 was one of the biggest media events of the interwar period. While other photographers focused on the new King, his family and the ceremonial splendour of the day, Henri Cartier-Bresson turned his lens on the crowds that gathered in the streets of London to watch the pageantry.

In a witty reversal of the expected order of proceedings, he shows us ordinary people of all ages and walks of life, some climbing on monuments or each other’s shoulders, others straining to get a better view with cardboard periscopes and mirrors on sticks. A few even slump on the ground, the festivities having proved too much. Presented alongside contemporary news clippings from around the world, these remarkable images reflect Cartier-Bresson’s unmistakeable photographic eye and capture the British public at a unique historical moment.

Additional information

Weight 1022 g
Dimensions 23.9 x 32.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 25 October 2023
Number of pages 128
Format Hardback
Dimensions 23.9 x 32.3 cm
Weight 1022 g


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Clément Chéroux is director of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris. He has also held senior curatorial positions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.