Farewell to the Masters: A Photo Gallery: Six Who Saw

When we call a great photogra pher an eye, we mean that he or she possesses a gift for looking. But we also mean that we liter ally see through those eyes, that our collective memory is built upon t

HENRI

CARTIER-BRESSON

"Photojournalist" is too confining a term. Even "photographer" will not quite do it. Cartier-Bresson was simply a major artist of the 20th century. Whenever the world unfolded in some uncanny arrangement, as it did in Madrid, 1933, left, he was at the ready. He was unafraid of the most ordinary moments of life-- as in Sunday on the Banks of the River Marne, 1938, above--which he approached with wit and warmth

CARL MYDANS

Mydans was one of that fortunate crew, the original team of LIFE photographers who brought the world every week within the covers of a magazine. As...

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