Photography Hero: Henri Cartier-Bresson

Heroes, Videos

This is the man that coined the phrase: “The Decisive Moment”. Henri Cartier-Bresson is without doubt an inspiration for any street photographer and his picture of the cyclist and the spiral staircase was one of the first street photography images I was exposed to during a workshop. That was the day I fell in love with street photography.

© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

I love what he says in this video about shooting, keeping shooting but not over-shooting, because if you over-shoot then the shot you really should have taken could have been in the split second between shots, and you never get that back. So, I think I may finally understand what he means by “The Decisive Moment”… that it is not about only taking one shot and getting it right (as I initially thought), instead it is about taking the right amount of shots using intuition to predict the exact moments you should press the shutter release button, so that you have made the most of the scene. To find a balance between shooting too little and shooting too much.

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