Inspiring Quotes from Henri Cartier-Bresson

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  • It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • What reinforces the content of a photograph is the sense of rhythm – the relationship between shapes and values. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.- Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Photography is nothing–it’s life that interests me. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Pictures, regardless of how they are created and recreated, are intended to be looked at. This brings to the forefront not the technology of imaging, which of course is important, but rather what we might call the eyenology (seeing). – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • To photograph is to hold one’s breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It’s at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • To take photographs means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second – both the fact itself and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that give it meaning. It is putting one’s head, one’s eye and one’s heart on the same axis. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • In a portrait, I’m looking for the silence in somebody. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Photography has not changed since its origin except in its technical aspects, which for me are not important. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Photography appears to be an easy activity; in fact it is a varied and ambiguous process in which the only common denominator among its practitioners is in the instrument. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late.- Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv.- Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should? While we’re working, we must be conscious of what we’re doing. Sometimes we have the feeling that we’ve taken a great photo, and yet we continue to unfold. We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Memory is very important, the memory of each photo taken, flowing at the same speed as the event. During the work, you have to be sure that you haven’t left any holes, that you’ve captured everything, because afterwards it will be too late. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • The most difficult thing for me is a portrait. You have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • In photography, visual organization can stem only from a developed instinct. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing a meditation. – Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • The picture is good or not from the moment it was caught in the camera. – Henri Cartier-Bresson

 

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