Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He is also renowned for the concept of The Decisive Moment, that there is a moment that is the best for taking a photograph that takes into account subject matter and composition.
In his words:
"Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. ... The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”
On another occasion:
“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression."
The photographs below illustrate that philosophy. They are from a website called “Perfectly Timed Photographs”, where members of the public can send photographs taken at just the right moment. It’s at
More perfectly timed pics in future posts.
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