Henri Cartier-Bresson

When exploring photographers who could inspire me and my project, I came across Henri Cartier-Bressons work. I feel that his concept of street photography and the way he takes images are extremely interesting and I would love to recreate images in this style. I feel in modern society, these images could be very influential as they look upon society as an almost ‘fly on the wall’.

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style, and coined the term, The Decisive Moment, that has inspired generations of photographers ever since. Cartier-Bresson’s rise as a photographer proved rapid. By the mid 1930s he’d shown his work in major exhibits in Mexico, New York, and Madrid. His images revealed the early raw possibilities of street photography and photojournalism in general.

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When Henri Cartier-Bresson would shoot on the streets, he would stay as low-key and unobtrusive as he could. I even read that he would cover his chrome Leica in black tape and even sometimes with a hankerchief to make it less noticeable when he was out shooting. Most of the images that he captured his subjects were oblivious of the camera, and thus truly candid. I feel I would love to capture images in this way also.

Some tips that Henri Cartier-Bresson can teach you about street photography:


Henri Cartier-Bresson

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