Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was a French photographer, often considered the "father of modern photojournalism", whose guidance was to capture what he called "the decisive moment".

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.[1]

His technique was to be unobtrusive, using a quiet 35mm rangefinder camera and available light. This strongly contrasted to the dramatic presence of a Weegee, who used a much larger camera and frequently artificial light from dazzling flashbulbs.


  1. The Artist, HCB Foundation