Henry Cartier Bresson

Paris, place de l’Europe, gare Saint-Lazare

Author: Henry Cartier-Bresson

Created in 1932

Gare Saint-Lazare© Henry Cartier Bresson
All shown images are under copyright protection

The “Desicive Instant” (“L’instant desicif”) is one of the most important concepts in 20th century photography. It was invented by who many refer to as “The eye of the century”: Henry Cartier-Bresson.

Cartier-Bresson composed very esthetic pictures through the viewfinder of his Leica and then just waited until something happened. A little something that made the picture unique. He that the essence of a whole situation can be captured in a desicive intant. The picture above is a classic example for this. We have a perfectly calm puddle of water and we are just about to witness the break of this silence by the person who is going to step into the water.

This image deeply touches my heart. I recently talked to a fellow photographer, who told me he has a poster of this photo in his room. Often when he is sick an tired of his day to day work as a photographer (unlike me he makes his living with it), he looks at this picture and is suddendly reminded why he started to photograph. I can feel him.

Below are similar and very famous images of his. Back in 2004 it was one of the inspirations that made me want to own a camera.

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4 Responses to “Henry Cartier Bresson”

  1. […] to see. What you see is a perfect example for this. It’s a different aproach. I remember Henry Cartier-Bresson being asked to photograph the coronation of George VI in Great Britain. He ended up publishing only […]

  2. […] glad to have this medium to share such views with the world. Ironically unlike most of the “desicive instant “, unique in history, this snake bite has stood still and waited for me for over 2200 […]

  3. […] gives them control. Personally, like most amateurs I prefer using exclusively natural light in a Cartier-Bresson […]

  4. In the third image Certier-Bresson dominates his instincts as a photographer and creates a composition
    inspired by the geometric and pictorial models of George Seurat.

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