Henri Cartier-Bresson has described himself as a photojournalist, a label doubtless no more misleading than any other available. - Atget Photography
For more than 25 years, he was the keenest observer of the global theater of human affairs—and one of the great portraitists of the 20th century. - Museum of Modern Art
Henri Cartier-Bresson (French: [kaʁtje bʁɛsɔ̃]; August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and conceived of photography as capturing a decisive moment. His work has influenced many photographers.Original article
…it is seldom indeed that a composition which was poor when the picture was taken can be improved by reshaping it in the dark room.
Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me.
What reinforces the content of a photograph is the sense of rhythm – the relationship between shapes and values.
Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important.
Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.
During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.
You just have to live and life will give you pictures.
As far as I am concerned, taking photographs is a means of understanding which cannot be separated from other means of visual expression. It is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It is a way of life.
Of course it’s all luck.
We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole
While we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing
Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst
The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept