Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work titled “antigraphic photography” was first exhibited in the Julien Levy Gallery in 1933. Described as “equivocal, ambivalent, anti-plastic, and accidental”, it was thought that his photos were taken automatically and that their beauty was a result of chance. Many found it hard to believe that he had deliberately photographs these unrealistic moments. He found the miniature camera very useful because it could be used at eye level and easily accessed to photograph precise moments. He had an unbelievable ability to capture the “peak instance of harmony”. Perhaps one of his most famous pieces, Cartier-Bresson’s picture of homage being paid to Cardinal Pacelli was very powerful in a religious sense. He had even more opportunity to capture fascinating moments when portable light sources were invented.
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Behind the Gare St. Lazare by Henri Cartier-Bresson

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It is interesting to see the use of lines to create a look of unusual symmetry. The way that Cartier-Bresson captures the bike rider in motion shows his unique ability to photograph ideal moments.


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Above: One of Cartier-Bresson’s most famous pieces. Notice the way that the staircase seems to spiral inward towards a set of vertical lines. The picture is almost disorienting. There is so much to look at with all the different facial expressions.