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Cartier-Bresson was the master of capturing the moment, the perfect blink in effect.
"There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment" he said.
"Photographie, c'est dans un même instant et en une fraction de seconde reconnaître un fait et l'organisation rigoureuse de formes perçues visuellement qui expriment et signifient ce fait"
"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 organization of forms which give that event its proper expression."
Like a sniper HCB made every shot count.

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    Neville Hunt over 1 year ago

    Excellent sniper analogy Steve. Very in-sightful.

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    Drew Martyn over 1 year ago

    I'd really never thought of photography in that way Steve - tbh I'd never given photography, from the photographers viewpoint, any thought at all :/
    But this is an eye-opener for me, so thanks Steve. Nicely done, and, as Neville says, excellent sniper analogy :)

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    Steve McBrevity over 1 year ago

    Thanks guys - this was brought on when I rediscovered a beautiful first edition copy, with Joan Miró cover, of HCB’s Europeans portfolio that I bought impulsively after a really good lunch in Paris in the 1990’s. I’ve never spent so much on a book before or since but with the Brexit nonsense it makes a suitable statement in pride of place on my coffee table.

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