Photographic Quotes | Henri Cartier-Bresson

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One eye of the photographer looks wide open through the viewfinder, the other, the closed, looks into his own soul.

Henri Cartier-Bresson

About the Photograph

Henri Cartier-Bresson may have been one of the greatest photographers of the last century and is certainly named in the same breath as August Sander. The French photographer was born on 22 August 1908 in Chanteloup-en-Brie, Seine-et-Marne, France and died on 3 August 2004 in Montjustin, Provence, France.

Henri Cartier-Bresson was the master of the snapshot, but his recordings were always perfectly composed. The work in the darkroom was not his, he left it to his clients, for example, the professionals of the photo agency Magnum, whose co-founder he was. But none of his pictures was cropped, always the entire negative was enlarged.

His favorite tool was the Leica with the standard focal length of 50mm. He traveled around the world for his pictures.

It is unknown to many that he also worked as a painter, draftsman, actor and director. All the more, his work was exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art in 1947. In addition, Henri Cartier-Bresson was the first photographer to exhibit in the Louvre in Paris.

The moment Cartier-Bresson activates the trigger is the moment when hope and despair meet and one illuminates the other. This clash gives rise to the pathos of his pictures. And what instinctively reveals at this moment is that glorious faith inherent in every art somewhere.

Arthur Asher Miller, American writer

Today, the life’s work is preserved and made accessible to the public by Henri Cartier-Bresson and his wife-founded foundation, the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation. To the Link


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