Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004)

The French photographer always waited for the decisive moment--and captured it

He made us see. Cartier-Bresson, HCB, Hank Carter or just Henri--always said with pride and affection--was the master in whose shadow documentary photography will always exist. Before his death last week at the age of 95, he spent his life reconciling opposites, not laboriously but in an instant, with the grace of an athlete, on the run. Through his eyes we see the universal in the specific, large issues in small things, mystery in the obvious, poetry in the mundane. We see infinity in the blink of an eye.

When I decided to become a photographer, he became my virtual teacher....

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