Thursday, August 12, 2004

 

Henri Cartier Bresson

The legendary French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson passed away on August 3rd, at the age of 95 - he leaves behind a huge body of work, spanning at least the last seventy years. He was even more remarkable in that he would always let the camera do the work, he would never use flash or artificial lighting - everything he did was down to timing and being able to take the shot, exactly when all the conditions and compostion came together perfectly.

I was lucky enough to see a retrospective collection of his work at the Caixa Forum in Barcelona last year, and was staggered to see how many of his photographs were familiar to me, and have become virtual icons. Visit the www.henricartierbresson.org to learn about his life and work.

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