August 25, 2012

Henri Cartier-Bresson, On Photography

In his book ‘Photographer’, he says:

– For me, the camera is a sketch-book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously.

In order to give a meaning to the world, one must feel involved in what one singles out through the viewfinder.

This attitude requires concentration, sensitivity, a discipline of mind and a sense of geometry. –

– It is through economy of means and above all by forgetting one-self that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

– 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. –

– For me photography is to place head heart and eye along the same line of sight. – It is a way of life. –

Henri Cartier-Bresson

This for me sums up my own attitude to the subject, trying to capture a moment, a feeling, and a viewpoint, which tells the viewer something simple about the world.

What are your thoughts on photography?

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