Wow… Where do I even begin? I would say that “The Decisive Moment” by Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the most beautiful photo books I have ever handled, and it is a book that brings me extreme joy and happiness (you can see all the photos from the book for free over at Magnum Photos).
Online book marketplace AbeBooks — probably the first link you’ll see if you try to search for a rare, signed or early edition of your favorite novel or photo book — has a list of the 10 most collectable photography books of all time. You can probably guess two or three of them, but do you think you know them all? Read more…
Henri Cartier-Bresson is a name forever engraved on the face of photographic history. Known for his humanist approach to photography and the world around him, the so-called father of street photography defined his photojournalistic style with each snap of the shutter.
And while his individual photographs are something to marvel at in their own right, one of the greatest contributions he ever gave the world was a book called The Decisive Moment, which you can now once more own without spending $500+ dollars. Read more…
Here’s what Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of modern photojournalism, said about his concept of “The Decisive Moment” in an interview with The Washington Post in 1957:
Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.
That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever. [#]
The phrase was taken from a quote by the 17th century Cardinal de Retz, who stated, “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.”
Image credit: A bit later after “the decisive moment” by AlexRK