Henri Cartier-Bresson with Leica M3 by Dmitri Kessel, 1955

Henri Cartier-Bresson with Leica M3 by Dmitri Kessel, 1955

This photo by Dmitri Kessel shows another take on Henri Cartier-Bresson with one of his Leica cameras. Leica M3, Summarit 1,5/50mm, pursuing his favourite activity: photography.

Dmitri Kessel was born in the Ukraine in 1902. At the age of 13, his father gave him his first camera. The owner of a sugar plantation thereby influenced his son’s path in life profoundly. After escaping from Russia, Dmitri Kessel immigrated to America in 1923. During the course of his 60-year career, he worked as a war correspondent, industrial photographer and photo journalist for Life.

Kessel was considered an adventurous photographer, frequently starting new thematic challenges. Thus, he took photographs of World War II and the Greek Civil War, but also produced photo series about the Yangtze River in China and the South American Andes. He also created portraits of prominent personalities, for example Picasso and Stanley Kubrick.