Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004

I know that many others will write about him, much better than I can. Here's the Guardian obituary.

I remember seeing an exhibition of his works at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington -- walking from one photograph to another, staring into each one, because they were too small to see without really looking -- and being amazed by almost all of them. His sense of composition especially: people and buildings and light and shadow brought into the most harmonious patterns -- not static, alive. His phrase, the 'decisive moment,' was so apt -- you know that in the second after the photograph was taken, the beautiful composition had disappeared.


Kashmir Women, 1948

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