external An Encounter Between William Eggleston and Henri Cartier-Bresson —Patrik Sandberg

Color photography pioneer William Eggleston shares about an interesting encounter he had with Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism:

You know, I had a meeting with [Henri Cartier-Bresson], one in particular, it was at this party in Lyon. Big event, you know. I was seated with him and a couple of women. You’ll never guess what he said to me.

“William, color is bulls**t.” End of conversation. Not another word. And I didn’t say anything back. What can one say? I mean, I felt like saying I’ve wasted a lot of time. As this happened, I’ll tell you, I noticed across the room this really beautiful young lady, who turned out to be crazy. So I just got up, left the table, introduced myself, and I spent the rest of the evening talking to her, and she never told me color was bulls**t.

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