Exhibit: Photos by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Exhibit: Photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson
(c) 2010 Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos, courtesy Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

San Fermines, Pamplona, Spain, 1952
Galassi also provides the full contact sheet of the roll from which this photo is drawn, along with an analysis of how the photographer's attention was drawn away from the action in the bull ring and settled on the crowd and the toreadors beneath them. Galassi observes, frame by frame, how the photographer shifts his camera until he gets just the right balance of compositional elements, then waits for the definitive emotional moment. Once he had it (and there is only one frame) he returned his eye to the bulls in the ring.

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