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Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004
"For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.

It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis."

-- Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004

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Posted at 01:10 am by John Furie Zacharias

August 5, 2004   01:58 AM PDT
HCB has thousands of photos that are undoubtedly photographic art. One of my favorite HCB photos is just a snapshot of the Dalai Lama.
August 5, 2004   07:39 AM PDT
They are so beautiful. I think my favorite is:

I feel like a fool for not knowing who Colette is, but because I don't know it paves the way for an intresting story I gave the photograph.
August 5, 2004   01:45 PM PDT
Did you read the essay on the Washington Post site on HCB by Phillip Brockman?

It begins:

" He is ultimately like a painter with a palette of light, a draftsman with the geometry of everyday life. His images are infused with a naturalness that emerges from the illumination of the world — light reflecting what is real — reconstituted in luminous, grainy, black-and-white. For an artist renowned as one of the finest photographers of the human landscape, it seems especially revealing that today, at 91, Henri Cartier-Bresson likes to speak most about drawing and painting. "

It's a very good essay. When I wanted to blog about this ... I was going to put up an image of one of HCB more famous photos. Then I figured his photos are the only thing left of this man except the personal memories of the people with whom he came into contact after almost a century of life. So, I'd leave it up to curious people to click on the links and see some of his work and ponder in their own minds what a particular photograph means to them personally.

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