Henri Cartier-Bresson

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  • Hentri Cartier-Bresson
  • 8/22/1908 to 8/3/2004 (Almost 96 Years)
  • University of Cambridge with Literature and Painting majors
  • Father was textile manufacturer
  • Family was rich, but lived fugally
  • Developed Photography interest in Africa on a trip
  • Photographs in black-and-white using a 35mm, 50mm, or sometimes 90mm camera
  • Does not use artificial light, cropping, or dark room effects of any kind.
  • Does not use any post-edits. All adjustments done on the spot.
  • Achieved fame by showing off work in museums in Mexico and the U.S.
  • Most notibly won the Overseas Club of America award, which has very little significance
  • "I adore shooting photographs," he'd later note. "It's like being a hunter. But some hunters are vegetarians—which is my relationship to photography." In short, as his frustrated editors would soon discover, Cartier-Bresson preferred taking shots rather than making prints and showing his work.
  • Due to his secretive nature, not much has been said about his work, and no records of such could be found.
  • The photographer's simplicity is very appealing; not a lot of work should be done to take a good photo. If you have to do too much to spruce it up, it wasn't a very good photo in the first place and never will be.
  • He was drafted for the French army, but was captured by the Germans in 1940. He escaped three years later on his third attempt.