Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson was born on August 22, 1908 in Chanteloup, France. Historically, he was one of the first few photographers to use the common form of the everyday life in photography. Roaming the streets, Cartier-Bresson would photograph moments most eyes would surpass for everyday life, but to him these were the true moments of human existence.

Cartier-Bresson quotes that “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression” (The Decisive Moment 1952: 155)

The composition of the images have integrated vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines, curves, shadows, triangles, circles, and squares to Bresson’s advantage as the framing importantly supports these elements.

Since Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the earliest photographers to portray the documentation of everyday life, he would see the world like if he was a painter as he would apply to the same aesthetics to paintings as photography was in its earliest days when Cartier-Bresson was around making photographs.

Another important aspect was that Cartier-Bresson would make sure that he wasn’t attracting any attention so that he would capture the natural public instead of the public changing what they were originally doing by wondering what the photographer was doing.


International Photography Hall of Fame & Museum (2014) Henri Cartier-Bresson. [Online] Available from http://www.iphf.org/hall-of-fame/henri-cartier-bresson/ [Accessed: 22/01/16]

Biography.com Henri Cartier-Bresson [Online] Available from http://www.biography.com/people/henri-cartier-bresson-9240139 [Accessed: 22/01/16]

Eric Kim. (2015) 10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You about Street Photography [Online] Available from: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2011/08/22/10-things-henri-cartier-bresson-can-teach-you-about-street-photography/ [Accessed: 22/1/16]


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