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The Minds Eye Quotes by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Mind’s Eye Review

It is a remarkable read that retrospectively challenges the nature of the gear obsessed photographer. Take a look at the photographs you have taken over the last year how many of the images do you engage with emotionally? Defining what we mean by the decisive moment is virtually impossible but I do think we know when we miss it. How many times have you missed that shot you know would have been the perfect capture. You get the second before and the second after but you know there was one photo that you missed? Composition is the recognition of a rhythm; it is the true art of photography.

While the photographer faces a vanishing subject, the writer has time to reflect. It is our good fortune that Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century and one of the most important figures in the history of the medium, is gifted in both modes of expression. After a lifetime of capturing "the decisive moment"—that instant when the image in the viewfinder culminates in a harmony of form, expression, and content—Cartier-Bresson revisits his pictures and experiences with words, and delivers those words in an impassioned voice. Now in his early 90s, Cartier-Bresson was a student of painting and literature until he picked up a Leica camera in The mm camera—the kind most of us carry around today—was a totally new kind of machine.

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