Mar 312015


SOMETIMES YOU NEED to  break the rules. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a legendary rule-breaker, and his discordance with photography’s stymied role in culture changed the medium forever. His book The Decisive Moment, recently republished by Steidl, was groundbreaking when it was released in 1952 and still inspires photographers everywhere.

“The difference between a good picture and a mediocre picture is a question of millimeters—small, small differences—but it’s essential,” Cartier-Bresson said in a 1971 interview.

His book was filled with examples of that crucial moment, juxtaposed with delicate geometry and a deep sense of humanity. It was produced, start to finish, in just under six months in New York and France under the title Images à la Sauvette.


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