One of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “Decisive Moments” - Gestapo informer
A lunchtime read on street photography led me to search the Google for apparently Cartier-Bresson’s widely inspirational The Decisive Moment book and accompanying 126 photos. They are all wonderful pictures, and I particularly liked the one above, as well as cotton market and child playing baseball (Cartier-Bresson did not appear to be into titling his photos).
Cartier-Bresson’s street photography is inspirational to me for the fact that while most street photographers would be strongly associated with the ‘streets’ and neighborhoods where they worked most, his ‘street’ was wherever he was in the world. As someone who finds photos to take in my neighborhood by walking through it everyday, it is great that Cartier-Bresson was able to see the shots worth taking as life happened in front of him, truly able to see and focus on the “decisive moment.”
-“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment”
-“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.”
(lunchtime diversion provided by Artsy, photos from Magnum Photography, quotes from Wikipedia)