Henri Cartier-Bresson

French born, a pioneer of photojournalism and the narrative photograph. Cartier-Bresson believed that a photograph should be a capture of the event, not altered in any way with photographic lamps, or dark room effects. Cartier-Bresson camera of choice was a Leica, which he used to capture the raw life of street photography.

The images of people are his major subject matter candid spontaneous photographs, some photographs the people look to be aware of the camera and some where the subjects are totally unaware of the camera and photographer is present.

The photographs of people doing things that makes the viewer wonder what or why are they doing what they are doing.  The viewer can make their own story around the photographic images.

SPAIN. Valencia Province. Alicante. 1933.
SPAIN. Valencia Province. Alicante. 1933.

 

GB. London. Coronation of George VI. 12th May, 1937.
GB. London. Coronation of George VI. 12th May, 1937.

 

FRANCE. Marseille. 1932.
FRANCE. Marseille. 1932.

These photographs above raises questions:

What are the ladies doing, are they trying to do their nails or hair, and if so are they getting ready for a night out?  The houses in the background look slight run down, are the ladies from the houses, are they prostitutes?

The people holding the periscopes in the hope to see the King pass by.  The large number of people standing looking at the perisocpe has a familair look similar to the modern day selfie photographs that people take when something of significance happens.

why is the man liying down? Has he fallen asleep, is he drunk, was he attacked and knocked down.  His clothes are not as well tailored as the gentleman in the background.  Why is the well dressed man there?  There are many possible stories that the viewer can think are behind the photograph.

Web sites that contain his biography plus many examples of his work.

https://pro.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=CMS3&VF=MAGO31_10_VForm&ERID=24KL53ZMYN

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson

http://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/967?locale=en

http://www.biography.com/people/henri-cartier-bresson-9240139

 

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