Henri Cartier-Bresson

France / 1908 - 2004 / wikipedia / pro.magnumphotos.com
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“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.” Henri Cartier-Bresson (http://kvetchlandia.tumblr.com/post/148388952568/elliott-erwitt-central-park-new-york-city)


“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It's a way of life."



"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotiv."
From inspiring Wikipedia article featuring many Cartier-Bresson quotes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson


Born in Chanteloup, Seine-et-Marne, Henri Cartier-Bresson developed a strong fascination with painting early on, and particularly with Surrealism. In 1932, after a year in the Ivory Coast, he discovered the Leica - his camera of choice thereafter - and began a life-long passion for photography. In 1933 he had his first exhibition at the Julien Levy Gallery in New York. He later made films with Jean Renoir.

Taken prisoner of war in 1940, he escaped on his third attempt in 1943 and subsequently joined an underground organization to assist prisoners and escapees. In 1945 he photographed the liberation of Paris with a group of professional journalists and then filmed the documentary Le Retour (The Return).

In 1947, with Robert Capa, George Rodger, David 'Chim' Seymour and William Vandivert, he founded Magnum Photos. After 3 years spent travelling in the East, in 1952 he returned to Europe, where he published his first book, Images à la Sauvette (published in English as The Decisive Moment).

He explained his approach to photography in these terms, '"For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression."

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