Henri Cartier-Bresson was born in France in 1908. He studied painting and then began to photograph in the early 1930s. After escaping from prison camp in 1943, he made portraits of artists, covered the liberation of Paris and filmed a documentary on the return of war prisoners. In 1947, the year he had his first show at MoMA, he also founded Magnum Photos with Robert Capa, George Rodger and David Seymour. Not long after, he began in earnest the life of a traveling photographer, working in India, Burma, Pakistan, Indonesia, China, Japan, Mexico and Cuba. His first, defining book The Decisive Moment was published by Teriade in 1952. By the late 60s, he had almost ceased making reportage to re-embrace his first passion, drawing. Cartier-Bresson created his Foundation in Paris in 2003, and passed away in 2004.
Edward Weston was born in 1886 in Highland Park, Illinois, outside of Chicago. One of photography's most widely exhibited and collected photographers, he began his career as a door-to-door portrait photographer in California in 1906. After having lived in Mexico City in the early 20s, where he ran a studio with apprentice and lover Tina Modotti, he returned to California permanently and began the work for which he is most famous: natural form close-ups, nudes and landscapes. Weston died in 1958 in Carmel.