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Henri Cartier-Bresson snippet
When Henri Cartier-Bresson was taking photos of people in the street he was said to have such a graceful manner about him that most people did not even know that they'd been photographed by him.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped to develop the "street photography" style that influenced generations of photographers that followed.
Cartier-Bresson exclusively used Leica 35 mm rangefinder cameras equipped with normal 50mm lenses or occasionally a wide-angle for landscapes. He often wrapped black tape around the camera's chrome body to make it less conspicuous. With fast black and white films and sharp lenses, he was able to photograph almost by stealth to capture the events.
Cartier-Bresson worked exclusively in black and white, other than a few unsuccessful attempts in colour. He never developed or made his own prints. He said: "I've never been interested in the process of photography, never, never. Right from the beginning. For me, photography is with a small camera like the Leica.