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Henri Cartier-Bresson


PhotoUtopia Intro: One of the greatest street photographers of all time; now synonymous with the phrase, ‘The Decisive Moment,' a term that has come to define his work. Cartier-Bresson captures these moments as if they are being stage directed for his camera, it is as if he is invisible to those that he records, like Doisneau he creates a visually poetic world filled with moments of significants. When I watch old movies and the character say they dream of visiting Europe, I think to myself that it is the cities of Doisneau and Bresson that they dream of visiting. A founder of the Magnum photo Agency; I always thought it a shame that one so gifted in photography, would spend so much of his life pursuing painting, at which although I am sure he was good, but when it comes to photography he was a master.

Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004), was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the "street photography" or "real life reportage" style that has influenced generations of photographers who followed.
In spring 1947, Cartier-Bresson, with Robert Capa, David Seymour, and George Rodger founded Magnum Photos. Capa's brainchild, Magnum was a cooperative picture agency owned by its members. The team split photo assignments among the members.
In 1952, Cartier-Bresson published his book Images à la sauvette, whose English edition was titled The Decisive Moment. It included a portfolio of 126 of his photos from the East and the West. The book's cover was drawn by Henri Matisse. For his 4,500-word philosophical preface, Cartier-Bresson took his keynote text from the 17th century Cardinal de Retz: "Il n'y a rien dans ce monde qui n'ait un moment decisif" ("There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment"). Cartier-Bresson applied this to his photographic style.

Official Site: Magnum Photos
Other site: http://www.henricartierbresson.org/index_en.htm
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