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.
I am in awe of him, I am in absolute awe of him. Everyone is a Cartier-Bresson baby…I worship him.
Nothing worth knowing can be taught.
You mustn’t want, you must be receptive. Don’t think even. The brain’s a bit dangerous.
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.
Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me.
– Henri Cartier-Bresson
They . . . asked me:
‘How do you make your pictures?’ I was puzzled . . .
I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s not important.’
In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody.
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.
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”
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.