Ratna Mohini

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Ratna Mohini

Ratna "Elie" Mohini (17 May 1904, Batavia – 24 October 1988, Paris)[1] was a Javanese dancer who was the wife of the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson from 1937 to 1967.[2]

She was born in Batavia as Carolina Jeanne de Souza-IJke.[1] Ratna was known as "Elie" to her friends.[3] Between 1930 and 1935 she was married to the Dutch journalist Willem L. Berretty.

Cartier-Bresson and Mohini divorced in 1967, after 30 years of marriage, and Cartier-Bresson then married the photographer Martine Franck in 1970.[4]


  1. ^ a b Kunang Helmi, "Ratna Cartier-Bresson, a fragmented portrait", in Destins croisés entre l'Insulinde et la France, pp. 253–68, ISBN 2-910513-24-6
  2. ^ Turner, Christopher (12 April 2010). "Expert Witness: Henri Cartier-Bresson". London: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  3. ^ Russell Miller, Magnum: Fifty Years at the Front Line of History, p. 60 [1]
  4. ^ Lynne Warren, "After divorcing his wife of 30 years, the Javanese dancer Ratna Mohini, he married the Magnum photographer Martine Franck in 1970." Encyclopedia of twentieth-century photography, p. 248