Henri Cartier-Bresson | Random Images from the Magnum Archives

Posted: December 14th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Film, Photography, Quotes

Magnum Photos has been releasing some images online from their singular historic archives which is an incredible opportunity to study and learn from the masters in their catalog. These images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, some of which have not been widely published, provide a rich insight into his style and process.

BERLIN—Taxi drivers, 1931, Henri Cartier-Bresson © Magnum Photos

BERLIN—Taxi drivers, 1931, Henri Cartier-Bresson © Magnum Photos

I am in awe of him, I am in absolute awe of him. Everyone is a Cartier-Bresson baby…I worship him.

-Richard Avedon.

PARIS—Bofinger restaurant, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—Bofinger restaurant, 1969. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Nothing worth knowing can be taught.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

ACAPULCO, Mexico—A market, 1963. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ACAPULCO, Mexico—A market, 1963. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

You mustn’t want, you must be receptive. Don’t think even. The brain’s a bit dangerous.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

PARIS—Café Flore, 1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

PARIS—Café Flore, 1959. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

I don’t consider myself a photographer, I am using a camera, but there are millions of photographers….I’m just a human being. Anyone that is sensitive is an artist.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

NEW YORK CITY—A football game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK CITY—A football game at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me.

- Henri Cartier-Bresson

NEW YORK CITY—Downtown, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NEW YORK CITY—Downtown, 1947. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

They . . . asked me:

‘How do you make your pictures?’ I was puzzled . . .

I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s not important.’

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

VILLAGE OF BRANGUES, France—French writer and diplomat Paul Claudel, 1945. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

VILLAGE OF BRANGUES, France—French writer and diplomat Paul Claudel, 1945. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, India—The Rangwala retail and wholesale cloth market, 1966. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT, India—The Rangwala retail and wholesale cloth market, 1966. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson

NAPLES, Italy—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

NAPLES, Italy—1960. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

And no photographs taken with the aid of flash light, either, if only out of respect for the actual light – even when there isn’t any of it.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson – “The Decisive Moment”

ELEUSIS, Greece—1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

ELEUSIS, Greece—1953. © Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.

-Henri Cartier-Bresson


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5 Comments on “Henri Cartier-Bresson | Random Images from the Magnum Archives

  1. 1 cmv said at 11:18 pm on December 14th, 2009:

    thank you for this post-
    bresson is an absolute master and you compile his images/quotes so masterfully too!

  2. 2 doug said at 9:24 am on December 15th, 2009:

    thanks, cmv. checked out your flickr page and really like your work.

  3. 3 tim said at 10:32 pm on December 22nd, 2009:

    great post – my fave photog as well. spent a disproportionately large amount of time deconstructing his images during my first year of teaching photography to myself. thanks for the heads up – will definitely check these out again!

  4. 4 tim said at 10:40 pm on December 22nd, 2009:

    incidentally, found this to be an fun pair of images:

    http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&VBID=2K1HZOM4D0FWX&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm&IID=2S5RYDIXKWQI&PN=88&CT=Search

    photo of him taking that photo:

    http://www.magnumphotos.com/Archive/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&VBID=2K1HZOM4D0FWX&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm&IID=2TYRYDOIQK79&PN=79&CT=Search

  5. 5 doug said at 10:53 pm on December 22nd, 2009:

    thanks, tim. i’ve always been a student of his and it’s amazing how i can still learn from him. i’ve been culling tons of his work from the magnum archives and will be posting more of his work, including many i’ve never seen.

    stay tuned!

    doug


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