Channeling Cartier-Bresson

Aug 15, 2013

Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of my photography heroes. He was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of the decisive moment.

Cartier-Bresson once said, “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment. “

Here’s one of his images I have always admired.

One of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moments in Hyeres, France, 1932
One of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moments in Hyeres, France, 1932

“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. In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject.” — Cartier-Bresson

Ben Larrabee’s Bike Rider, Burgundy, 2002
Ben Larrabee’s Bike Rider, Burgundy, 2002

The images he made sensitized me to the possibilities of textures, shadows, movement, and spontaneity in my work. I can see his influence in this image from Burgundy, France.

I’d like to think he would be jealous he didn’t take this shot.

On Location with Ben
Breathing with Bryan

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