Las Vegas, Etats-Unis, 1947


Gelatin silver print

23.8 x 35.6 cm (9 3/8 x 14 in.)

Sat around a roulette wheel, three customers in a Las Vegas casino stand out against the crowd. They are intensely watching the ball as it rolls, their body tense.

Invited by the New York MoMA for a solo show in the spring of 1946, Henri Cartier-Bresson takes advantage of this trip to travel throughout the United States over a period of 18 months. With his famous Leica, he documents the country's characteristic vastness and social diversity. Expressing his talent as a portraitist, he captures the game frenzy that pervades Las Vegas and grips all sorts of people.

Las Vegas, États-Unis, 1947 is presented for the first time as part of the Pinault Collection in the monographic exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson. Le Grand Jeu at Palazzo Grassi in Venice, in 2020.