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Henri Cartier-Bresson

I came across the following interesting video on the blog of my friend, Murali Jayapala. The video is a candid monologue of Henri Cartier-Bresson and a slideshow of his pictures selected from his book called “The Decisive Moment”. Henri is regarded as the father of the modern photojournalism. Henri retired in 1975 from an active photography career which stretched for about 45 yrs. Although it’s been more than three decades since then, he is still regarded as one of the photographers who has immensely influenced photography and has left his mark permanently. He is highly acclaimed for his candid photography, all shot with a 35mm film Leica and 50mm lens.

Although he had traveled and photographed all over the world, he had captured some of the significant events in Asia, like India-Pakistan partitioning in 1947, funeral of Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 and change of regime after the Civil War in China in 1949.

His relationship with photography is captured in his following words – “My passion has never been for photography in itself, but for the possibility — through forgetting yourself — of recording in a fraction of a second the emotion of a subject, and the beauty of the form.”

An essay and few galleries on Washington Post

Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Gallery on Magnum Photos

An Interview

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