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6 Lessons Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach the Modern Photographer

I love looking in detail at another photographer’s work. To immerse yourself in someone else’s creativity—to see what their ideas spark inside of you, what excites you, what makes you sit up and think 'Wow, that’s really cool!'—that’s all great fuel for your own photography.

A Look at ‘The Decisive Moment’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson

A bible for photographers. That is how Robert Capa described The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson. After almost 70 years it was first published, this book has still a lot to say to photographers and especially to street and documentary photographers.

Henri Cartier-Bresson Photos Reimagined as Satirical Paintings

In this article, I am going to share a huge project in which Henri Cartier-Bresson’s black and white photos are reimagined into satirical paintings. What would Bresson see if he were still shooting today? The colorful paintings will definitely give you a glimpse!

A Closer Look at the Iconic Cyclist Photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson

What's up photography fans? It's Martin from All About Street Photography, and today I want to talk about Henri Cartier-Bresson's iconic photo of a cyclist, titled Hyères, France. I am going to take a closer look at the composition as well as at the story behind the photograph.

Henri Cartier-Bresson on Learning to Look

Here's a clip from an old interview in which legendary photographer and street photography pioneer Henri Cartier-Bresson was asked about the art of seeing. His answer probably isn't what you'd expect.

The Masterful Photo Compositions of Henri Cartier-Bresson

Ever wonder what it is that makes Henri Cartier-Bresson's "decisive moment" photos "work"? Photographer Tavis Leaf Glover put out a two-part video series in which he explores Cartier-Bresson's famous photos and shows how they conform to various ideas and principles of composition.

I Gave Up Painting to Do Photography, And It Shows in My Work

Painting and photography are often considered similar artistic expressions. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a painter before he became a photographer, and became a painter again in his retirement. While his artistic sense informed his photography in terms of his ability to see the world in constantly changing light and compositional potential, he never considered photography as art.

Contact Sheets and the Secret Story Behind Every Photo

We tend to see photos in isolation. By that I don’t mean we only see one photo at a time -- between Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram, we’ve become comfortable consuming many photos at once -- but that we see only one photo from a scene.

An Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson from 1958

A couple of months ago, we shared an interview with the photographer known as Weegee that was released in the 1958 vinyl record titled "Famous Photographers Tell How." On that same record is an interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson in which the legendary photojournalist shares his thoughts on what photography is, the way he approaches it, and various opinions on theory and technique.

Book Review: ‘The Decisive Moment’ by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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).

10 of the Most Collectable Photo Books of All Time

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?

Cartier-Bresson’s ‘The Decisive Moment’ is Back in Print 60 Years After the First Run

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.

Your First 10,000 Photographs May Include Some of Your Best

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

This sage advice is from perhaps the most influential photographer and art philosopher in the history of photography. I see this quote at least once a week on social media, but I only recently began to mull it over in any great depth. Let’s use it as a talking point to discuss artistic development in photography.

Inspirational B&W Short Film Voiced Over by an Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson

The folks at 522 Productions have been slowly putting out videos that capture the essence of what inspires each of them. The charge was led a few weeks ago by 522's art director Chris Jurchak, but it was editor Eli Sinkus' What Inspires You? video, uploaded on April 1st, that caught our eyes and ears.

His video tells the tale of his love affair with photography and Henri Cartier-Bresson's famous "Decisive Moment" through the magic of (mostly) black and white film. A fictional tale of a boy discovering the world through photography, the entire video is then "narrated" by an interview Cartier-Bresson gave Cornell Capa in 1973.

The Photo Henri Cartier-Bresson Created Three Years After His Death

Do a search for "Henri Cartier-Bresson" using Google's image search engine, and the photograph above is one of the results that pops up. Dig a little deeper into the results, and you'll learn that it's a photo by Cartier-Bresson showing French actress Isabelle Huppert.

Problem is, that's all wrong. The woman in the photo isn't Isabelle Huppert, and the photograph wasn't snapped by the father of modern photojournalism.

A Photographer Shares His Experience Meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson

There are plenty of documentaries out there about famous photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson; in Bresson's case there's even an hour-long interview we've featured. But while documentaries and interviews are informative and educational, there's nothing like a first hand account from a photog who actually had the chance to meet the legend. This video takes you back to May 1975, when Romanian photographer Andrei Pandele was fortunate enough to be Henri Cartier-Bresson's tour guide through Bucharest.