Thursday, August 22, 2013

Photographs by
Henri Cartier-Bresson

This Day in 1926
Gold discovered in
Johannesburg, South Africa
Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White


The Decisive Moment
Henri Cartier-Bresson

To take photographs means to recognize–simultaneously and within a fraction of a second–both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis.

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.”

Some days, you're the dog.
And some days, you're the fire hydrant.
Brvtvs Maximvsm, photographed in the style
of Robert Mapplethorpe

More room in the closet for clothes!
Wentworth Miller comes out; sticks it to Putin!

Wentworth Miller, actor