Quote of the Week #4: Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Quote of the Week #4: Henri Cartier-Bresson

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Born on: August 22, 1908 | Date of death: August 3, 2004

Henri Cartier-Bresson was known as a true pioneer in photojournalism. He was known for his ability to get lost in his subjects and surroundings. He was believed that the image being captured alone was art. He disliked the process of editing and printing an image after it was captured. Cartier-Bresson’s love of photography wasn’t in the display, editing and cropping of the image he captured. It was the shot itself he deemed as art; being lost in that one moment. His subjects ranged from Marilyn Monroe, Mahatma Gandhi, to the Chinese revolution, the Spanish civil war and more. Henri Cartier-Bresson was a renowned photographer, filmmaker and novelist.

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