Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy Birthday Henri Cartier-Bresson

August 22, 1908. Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 - August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the "street photography" or "life reportage" style that has influenced generations of photographers who followed. In this image: A man looks at images at the opening of a photo exhibit Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004, at The Museum of The City of New York, which features the work of photographers from the Magnum photo agency.

I saw a show of his work back in 2010 at the "old" SFMOMA. It was overwhelming, far too many photos to really look at with any comprehension, many of which were the iconic photos which we all recognize. But it was a treat to hear his widow talk and be privileged enough to be there. Let's hope that the "new" SFMOMA can mount exhibitions as powerful.

Quotes: "One has to tiptoe lightly and steal up to one's quarry; you don't swish the water when you are fishing."

"I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us." - Henri Cartier-Bresson

images courtesy of SFMOMA, from 2010 show

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