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Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation. ---->>>

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event. ---->>>

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality. ---->>>

To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. ---->>>

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. ---->>>

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv. ---->>>

To take photographs means to recognize - simultaneously and within a fraction of a second - both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis. ---->>>

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn't go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick. ---->>>

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. ---->>>

The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt. ---->>>

We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory. ---->>>

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.

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.

Above all, I craved to seize the whole essence, in the confines of one single photograph, of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before my eyes. ---->>>

During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late. ---->>>

Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven't left any holes, that you've captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: French
Born: 08-22, 1908
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Die: 08-03, 2004
Occupation: Photographer
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (French: [kaʁtje bʁɛsɔ̃]; August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and conceived of photography as capturing a decisive moment (wikipedia)