Henri Cartier Bresson

Hennri-Cartier Bresson was a French photographer considered to be one of the fathers of photojournalism. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style, and coined the term ‘The decisive moment’ that has inspired generations of young photographers ever since.

And what exactly is the decisive moment?

“Photography is not like a painting,” Cartier Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative, up! The moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

 

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Naples, Italy, 1960.

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