Art: Wink of a Glass Eye

One thing a camera does superbly is to seize the moment. Last week Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art put on a show of pictures—each made in a wink—which brought back moments from the past decade more vividly than memory can. They were candid camera shots snapped by France's most distinguished documentary photographer, Henri Carder-Bresson.

Unlike artier cameramen, Carder-Bresson has never felt the need of a studio or a darkroom. He still reloads his Leica under the bed, washes his prints in the bathtub. "Shooting a picture," says he, "is like shooting rabbit or partridge. Before shooting you think, you contemplate, you look,...

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