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. –
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?