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The stellar career and indelible vision of 20th-century photographer Cartier-Bresson was a game-changer for contemporary art, and even for the modern era’s idea of itself. Inventor of the photographic concept of the decisive moment, Cartier-Bresson was not only the godfather of street photography and the perennial chronicler of Lost Generation Paris, but a sort of golden god to the Leica camera brand. Now Leica’s L.A. Gallery opens the new exhibition Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Eye of the Century, co-presented with classic photo emporium Peter Fetterman Gallery, offering exceptional prints of the classic images that gave us the dream of the old European city as we know it.

Leica Gallery Los Angeles, 8783 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; opening reception: Thu., June 13, 6-9 p.m.; exhibit: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun., noon-5 p.m., through July 31; free.(424) 777-0341, leicagalleryla.com.