HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON

Thomas Weski: Interview With Cooper Blade

“I think Michael felt the need to discuss the meaning and importance of American photography with a younger generation in Germany who had no experience with these kinds of elderly figures. The National Socialists had either killed or persecuted them in Germany, so for my generation there was no elderly generation in photography.”

Robert Frank Interviewed at Wellesley College (1977)

“It was logical for me to get off doing still photography after becoming a success at it. I think it would just become a repeat—I would repeat myself.”   An interview with Robert Frank, from one of ten symposiums at Wellesley College 1977 called “Photography within the Humanities”. Robert Frank: I’m just trying to, as they say, […]

A Message from Cartier-Bresson

He brought out hundreds of his photographs, some in copies, others in books and still others in originals. He placed the pictures on the table, one at a time, and ordered me to make an instant decision whether I would take it or not. A Message from Cartier-Bresson By Yoshitomo Kajikawa It was autumn, 1996 […]

An Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson – Famous Photographers Tell How (1958)

“For me, content cannot be separated from form. By form, I mean a rigorous geometrical organization of interplay of surfaces, lines and values.”   Interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson – Famous Photographers Tell How (1958) HCB: To me, photography is a simultaneous recognition in a fraction of a second of a significance of an event as […]

Everything is Sacred – An Interview with Bruce Davidson (2006)

“For me, everything is sacred, whether I’m photographing a human being or a statue or the good earth. It’s sacred, I absorb it. I want to absorb it.”   Interview with Bruce Davidson, The Kojo Nnamdi Show (WAMU/Chicago), November, 2006 Q: You’re on the streets of Chicago, wandering into Pentecostal churches, how did that initial […]

Henri-Cartier Bresson: “Arrogant Purpose” (1947)

Not all of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs are of equal merit. Certain of them are tinged with that artiness which, whether plastic or anecdotal, has so far haunted almost all ambitious photography in the twentieth century. By Clement Greenberg and John O’Brian (Feb 15, 1988) Excerpt from Review of the Whitney Annual and Exhibitions of Picasso and Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Nation, […]

ASX.TV: Henri Cartier-Bresson – “Just Plain Love” (2001)

Henri Cartier-Bresson “L’amour tout court” (“Just Plain Love” 2001) Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the “street photography” style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed. Trained as a […]

Henri Cartier Bresson: Decisive Photographs” (1953)

For some twenty years now Cartier-Bresson has been doing just that. He carries a camera with him constantly. Every picture which he has taken is a very personal record of something which is already taking place. He has no studio, does not employ models, does not even direct those he photographs. He is the silent […]

GUY TILLIM: “Departure” (2003)

Essay excerpt from Departure: Enough seen. The vision was encountered under all skies. Enough had. Noises of cities, in the evening, and in the sun- shine, and always. Enough known. The pauses of life – O Sounds and Visions! Departure into new affection and new noise! Arthur Rimbaud – Les Illuminations. My journeys have been […]

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s Last Decisive Moment (2004)

Madrid, 1933 Cartier-Bresson generated the type of admiration he both enjoyed and ran away from.   By Bruno Chalifour, Afterimage, Sept-Oct, 2004 A lot has been written, and more will be, about the life in photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson. If Europe contributed to the medium in the twentieth century, Cartier-Bresson, a.k.a. HCB, probably stood among the […]

Words by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1973)

Madrid, 1933   “There is a rhyme between different elements. There is a square here, rectangle and other rectangle…see its all these problems which I’m preoccupied with. The greatest joy for me is geometry that means a structure.”   The Decisive Moment – Photographs and Words by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1973) Henri Cartier-Bresson “I’ve been taking […]