Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)
Known to many as a pioneer of street photography, Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer and photojournalist. His work incorporates candid humanist photography. I recently read excerpts from his writings in, “The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers.” He talks about “the decisive moment” in photography where reality in one’s eyes is registered into film.
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.”
Still relatively new to photography, I’m trying to find my direction, style, color, and expression. In no way will I be able to come close in emulating Henri Cartier-Bresson in his photographic technique or storytelling creativeness, but I hope to one day have my “decisive moment” where this all makes sense to me.
For me, it’s a mere hobby, yes. However, I believe everyone needs a creative outlet. As I continue to progress and grow, not only as a photographer, but as a human being, I hope to reach a mature understanding how to organize and express myself, rather than suppressing what is only natural.
Do yourself a favor and check out Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work! You won’t regret it.