The Decisive Moment

Posted: October 26, 2009 in Others
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The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier Bresson.henri-cartier-bresson_decisive_moment

Father of Modern photojournalism, some who called him. Or the master of street photography is one of the master photographer who i look up to.

He was trained as a painter but later was inspired by a work from Three Boys at Lake Tanganyika – a photograph taken by Martin Munkácsi. This inspired him to immediately took his camera and run out to the street.h_cartier_bresson_magnum

attached samples of his work during his life as photographer.


“The simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression… . In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotif.” — Henri Cartier-Bresson


“Photography is not like 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,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”


Henri Cartier-Bresson formed Magnum picture agency around 1947 and had since travel the world due to his assignments.




The Decisive Moment


  1. moma show now on…going to see

  2. shypuie says:

    wonderful pictures love it

  3. Deeno De Santiago says:

    Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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