artist tuesday: henri cartier-bresson

This man is the master of capturing the moment. I aspire to reach his level of photographic genius. His black-and-white pictures from the 1930s through the 60s catch the essence of French life and candid moments all over the world. Oh man. I love them. My favorite photos have always been the candid ones. They’re often the most telling of a culture or city.  I’m partial to his Paris photos, but he’s taken some really awesome shot all over Europe and even into Africa and Mexico.  He’s very similar to another French photographer who will be shared another time :)

Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, 1932

Saint Germain des Prés, Brasserie Lipp, 1969 (Fun fact: I've eaten at this cafe before!!)

Hyères, 1932

Queen Charlotte's Ball, London, 1959

Rue Moufettard, 1954 (What a champ!)

Also, a word of caution should you Google him or intensely search through archives like me, some of his shots are fairly risque!  Oh the French…


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