Thursday, August 05, 2004

Au revoir, Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, (Brussels), 1932

"The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality." -- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, (Madrid), 1933
"Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late."
-- Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, (Rue Mouffetard), 1954
"To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization 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
The veteran French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, universally acclaimed as one of the most influential image-makers of the 20th century, has died August 2nd, at the age of 95.

Few words are needed when so many of his pictures exist:

This online gallery has one of the largest collections of Cartier-Bresson photographs. View his incredible portraits here. Many more photographs can be seen in this varied gallery.

The world has lost an amazing photographer. May heaven crown Henri Cartier-Bresson with a silver halide halo!

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