Henri Cartier-Bresson

bressoncross (Custom) MEXICO. 1934.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is credited by some as the father of modern photo-journalism. His work falls mostly into a genre called street photography, though I imagine his work predates the genre classifications assigned in modern times. What draws me to his work is the reality he captures. He worked exclusively with black and white, and did all of his composition through the viewfinder. When getting his photographs developed and printed he left the last millimeter of negative space around the outside to show that the images had not been cropped but taken exactly the way he intended. His first work with photojournalism was the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in the London streets of 1937. He took not a single picture of the royals, instead focusing on their subjects who were lining the streets. I believe he had a unique perspective and tended to see more of the reality around him than most people will allow themselves. I hope to capture even just a shred of what he was able to while taking my own photographs.

 

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