Bresson There are giants in this world. Each discipline and art has them. In photography one of the towering names is Henri Cartier Bresson. This year marks his 95th birthday, and though he's still very much alive his days are a photographer are over. Cartier Bresson stopped actively doing photography in the early 1970's and for the past 30 years has devoted himself to his other passions, drawing and painting. Aperture magazine has a feature on Cartier Bresson in its current issue (#171, Summer - 2003) and there is a major retrospective show at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, April 29-July 31. © Henri Cartier Bresson The Book Of greater interest to anyone who admires, or indeed loves this man's work there is the just published The Man: The Image and The World — A Retrospective, from publisher Thames and Hudson. For anyone that hasn't tuned in to the world of documentary photography during the 20th century, Cartier Bresson is the one of the art's leading lights. © Henri Cartier Bresson
be patient : James D. Griffioen Photographer Tom Craig's best shot | Art and design 'It set stories running in my mind' … Tom Craig's photograph of Albanian bathers. Photograph: Tom Craig I've been to 90 countries and the days when I can just enjoy a place on its own merits are long gone. I am constantly trying to join the dots, to figure out why we're eating croissant in the Congo, why that Inuit is so drunk, whether that marsupial can really be carnivorous. Every detail says something telling about the there and then. Tom Craig The Bigger Picture Flaere Gallery, London I first worked with the journalist AA Gill on a trip to Chad for a Médecins Sans Frontières book. People are always quite surprised that neither of us know much about the places we visit. In this case we were in Albania for six days in 2006. I don't know whether these men were unemployed, had been thrown out of their houses by their wives or were just hanging out. It was a moment that seemed to capture the place, and set stories running in my mind. Born: 1974, Truro, Cornwall Influences: Stephen Shore.
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10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography Don’t forget to pre-order the new re-print of “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson! I have been doing quite a bit of research into Henri Cartier-Bresson, the godfather of street photography. Although my current approach in street photography is more like Bruce Gilden and less of Henri Cartier-Bresson, HCB influenced much of my earlier work and I still deeply respect his photography and philosophies. 1. If you look at the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, he applied geometry to his images poetically. Don’t only see the world as it is, look for shapes and geometry that occur naturally as well. 2. When Henri Cartier-Bresson would talk about “The Decisive Moment” he said sometimes it would be spontaneous but others times he had to be patient and wait for it. When you are out shooting and you see fascinating scenes, wait for the right person to walk by to complete your image. 3. 4. Apply the same mentality to when you go out and shoot. 5. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos 6. 7.
Erik Johansson Photo & Retouch Henri Cartier-Bresson: Living and Looking The journalist and filmmaker Sheila Turner-Seed interviewed Henri Cartier-Bresson in his Paris studio in 1971 for a film-strip series on photographers that she produced for Scholastic. After her death in 1979 at the age of 42, that interview, along with interviews that Ms. Turner-Seed had conducted with Bruce Davidson, Cornell Capa, Lisette Model, W. Eugene Smith, Don McCullin and others, sat like a time capsule in the archives of the International Center of Photography in New York. That is, until 2011, when Ms. Ms. The following interview was transcribed from tape by Sheila Turner-Seed and has been lightly edited. I’m not interested in documenting. All my training was surrealism. Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sheila Turner-Seed Sheila Turner-Seed asks Mr. That’s a wonderful thing with a camera. How did you start in photography? When I was very young, I liked the life of adventure and I knew only one thing: that I was strongly appalled by the idea of working in the family textile business.
PIETER HUGO - Photographer Street Photography Composition Lesson #3: Diagonals For today’s street photography composition lesson, we will discuss a compositional rule that is simple enough: the diagonal. Credit goes to Adam Marelli for teaching me about this important design element which can help street photographers all around the globe. Diagonals are one of the strongest and most fundamental compositional elements– something that we all know quite well. There are 3 types of main lines: the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal line. 1. The horizontal line. The horizontal line is by nature, flat. 2. The vertical line. The vertical line is much more dynamic than the horizontal line. Imagine a man standing tall. 3. The diagonal line. Now let us go onto the diagonal line. Imagine a man standing up, and you shoved him quite hard. Dynamic Symmetry My buddy Adam Marelli (far more qualified to talk about composition than me) told me about a book titled: “The Elements of Dynamic Symmetry.” 1. Figure 1: Diagonal from corner to corner 2. Henri Cartier-Bresson. Done?
Artificial Owl Incredible unpublished Henri Cartier-Bresson shots appear in the latest Rouleur Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver It’s almost unthinkable that any of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs could ever have gone unpublished. The father of modern photojournalism had such a natural and easy understanding of his craft that all of his images offer the viewer snippets of an intriguing story – a slice of everyday narrative – rendered with the kind of precision that hoards of photographers since have sought to mimic. But in fact this is not the case. Accompanied by an illuminating article on the Vél D’Hiv and a background on Cartier-Bresson himself the images offer an unprecedented look at Parisian velodrome racing and the accompanying glamour and spectacle – aspects that have been all but lost from today’s version of the sport. Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver Henri Cartier-Bresson: Vélodrome D’Hiver
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