Henri Cartier-Bresson's Photograph
The photograph as seen in "For The Team".


Henri Cartier-Bresson




Displays random candid events.


None identified


Always active

Collected by

Artie Nielsen


Artie's Office





Date of Collection

March 8, 2005



Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and conceived of photography as capturing a decisive moment. His work has influenced many photographers. He became inspired by a 1930 photograph by Hungarian photojournalist Martin Munkacsi showing three naked young African boys, caught in near-silhouette, running into the surf of Lake Tanganyika.

Titled Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika, this captured the freedom, grace and spontaneity of their movement and their joy at being alive. That photograph inspired him to stop painting and to take up photography seriously. He explained, "I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant." As he also once said, "To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression."


This photograph will always randomly display candid events, though typically they relate to those who are or have been in close proximity to it recently.


  • Cartier-Bresson worked exclusively in black and white, other than a few unsuccessful attempts in color, and as a result this photograph was originally always black and white. After collection the photograph accidentally came into contact with the leaves of Johann Baptist Isenring’s Acacia Tree while in the Ovoid Quarantine and has since been permanently colored.
  • Due to its possible proximity-based ability, it tends to display Warehouse agents out on the field no matter the distance.
  • Artie keeps it in his office mostly to make sure agents are safe just in case he does not have his Farnsworth. Although he typically has it with him at all times, he still keeps the photo in his office out of habit.
    • Artie is constantly having to neutralize this artifact in order to reset it for its next use, which annoys him, but he puts up with it out of necessity.
  • This artifact was first seen in the episode "Mild Mannered."
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