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 viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment. Cartier-Bresson was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos in 1947.
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We owe homage and a great debt to Bresson for legitimizing this photography of the street as art. At the same time I think (and I am guilty too) there has been a tendency to try to imitate his “memes” by presenting photos of assemblies of people in random combinations with other objects without a meaningful connection. Bresson’s photo of the boy carrying champagne is completed by the little girl behind him that looks on with some adulation. One point that is often lost is that being there is the largest part of taking a picture. After that seeing is important but here even the greats preach but do not always do. Example. If you watch the Bresson documentary “L’amour tout cort” in one scene he laments that people do not look, they don’t see.. Further down he talks about the famous picture of the man jumping over a puddle. He said he had to stick his camera through the fence and ” could not see what was going on behind it” (chuckle chuckle)