Sunday, October 31, 2010

"To take a photograph means putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis."

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908–2004) is one of the unique, accomplished, influential, and dearly loved figures in the history of photography. His ingenious and innovative work of the 1930s helped frame and launch the creative potential of modern photography. He will always be infamous in the art world as one of the first candid photographers as his uncanny ability to capture life on-the-run made his work synonymous with “the decisive moment”— the concept he described as the time when you take a great photograph, capturing the essence of something. 
“To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.” 

Take a look at some of my favorite photos that he took throughout his magnificent influential career...

Queen Charlotte’s Ball London, 1959
Martine's Legs,1968
Au Bord de la Marn, 1938 (Henri Matisse is in this one !)
Jardin des Plantes, Paris (Couples Embracing; One with Child), 1959
Italy, 1933
Rue Mouffetard
Rue Mouffetard, 1954

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