Thursday, August 22, 2013

Born this day in 1908
The Father of Photojournalism
The Father of The Decisive Moment
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Not only did Henri Cartier-Bresson despise being photographed, he himself rarely photographed in color.

Considered the father of photojournalism, HCB came up with the tenets of "the decisive moment" – “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms [as they are perceived visually] which give that event its proper expression.”

“To take photographs,” Cartier-Bresson once said, “is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.”

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