Henri Cartier-Bresson

by tessa huey

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event- Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Born: August 22, 1908 in Canteloup-en-Brie, France

Died: August 3, 2004 (95) in Montjustin, France

Nationality: French

Style: Candid photography, photojournalism (street photography)

Education: Lycee Condorcet, Paris

Family: Oldest of five kids, married Ratna Mohini, a Javanese dancer, in 1937. He divorced her in 1967. He then married Martine Franck in 1970. He had a daughter, Melanie, with her.

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He got into photography at a young age, were he sketched and experimented with a 3x4 inch view camera. In 1929, Harry Crosby gave him his first camera. In late 1931, he became inspired by a Surrealist Martin Munkacsi's photo showing a candid. It caused him to stop painting and take up photography seriously, explaining...
"I suddenly understood that a photograph could fix eternity in an instant." -Henri Cartier-Bresson
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There was no definite moment that Henri became famous. It just happened gradually over time, through his works. He had works from Africa, and of around Europe. Places like Berlin, Brussels, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and Madrid. These works were showcased in New York in 1932, and in Mexico in 1934. His first photojournalism photos to be published came when he covered the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. They got mad though he took no pictures of the king.
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In early 1947, Henri and a few of his close friends founded Magnum photos. This studio covered the entire worlds events with their photographs. Here was when Henri got international recognition for covering Gandhi's funeral, and the last stage of the Chinese Civil War in 1948 and 1949. Cartier provided arresting, widely viewed images from all around the world.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson received the Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1981. He also received the Hasselblad Award in 1982.
Many people believe that to understand how to take good candid photos, you must learn from Henri. When Henri would talk about "The decisive moment," he said sometimes it would be spontaneous but others he had to be patient and wait for it. You can learn from this by thinking before your shoot sometimes. He is considered the grandfather of photojournalism.
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To me, Henri had fun and honestly enjoyed what he did. His work showed the world a way to express themselves, and events. In a war stricken nation, you can still find children playing.
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Kim, E. (2011, August 22). 10 Things Henri Cartier-Bresson Can Teach You About Street Photography. Retrieved from http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2011/08/22/10-things-henri-cartier-bresson-can-teach-you-about-street-photography/


Henri Cartier-Bresson. (2015, November 13). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson


Henri Cartier-Bresson Biography. (2013, December 9). Retrieved from http://www.biography.com/people/henri-cartier-bresson-9240139#later-years