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Arts feature

From Bayeux to Cartier-Bresson: how artists have brought the coronation crowds to life

Dan Hitchens on the art that has shaped our image of the coronation

6 May 2023

9:00 AM

6 May 2023

9:00 AM

In 1937, the Parisian communist newspaper Ce soir sent a 28-year-old would-be filmmaker on an unpromising first assignment. Henri Cartier-Bresson was to take photographs of the British coronation, an event of limited appeal either to Ce soir’s readers or to Cartier-Bresson himself. But on the streets of London, he discovered what would become his signature approach.

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