Henri Cartier-Bresson…In His Own Words

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was a French photographer largely regarded as the father of photojournalism. He used, nearly exclusively, a Leica 35mm with 50mm lens (and a wide angle for a few landscapes). He painted the shiny parts with black paint to make his camera less conspicuous.

He used to be a painter until he saw a photograph by Martin Munkàcsi titled Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika, who said about it, “I suddenly understood that photography can fix eternity in a moment.”

I ran across a video called Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment produced in 1973 by Scholastic Magazines Inc. and International Center of Photography. It is a video of his images overlaid by his voice recorded for a radio interview. He avoided being photographed or filmed himself stating he was embarrassed by the notion of being photographed for being famous. However, that notion didn’t stop him earlier from appearing in two French movies before his photography career.

This video is truly a masterclass in his philosophy about photography, his thoughts and inspirations about some of his images, and an exciting immersion into this iconic photographer’s portrait, photojournalism and street photography.

Please click here to view the video. NOTE: For an unknown reason – and this may not occur on your computer or pad, but it seems to start 20 seconds in. Just click and drag the time-lapse button at the bottom of the video back to the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

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