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Henri Cartier-Bresson, photo by Martine Franck

“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”

– Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1908-2004, French, Photographer and Painter, photojournalist

Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style that was coined The Decisive Moment that has influenced generations of photographers who followed.

A short film of Cartier-Bresson in action