Black And White Photography Quotes Henri Cartier Bresson

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“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.” ― 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.

“For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder.

This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of the mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

“Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

I recently had the pleasure of visiting a Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition, based around the phase he coined – The Decisive Moment – which he sums up nicely in this quote:

Actually, I’m not all that interested in the subject of photography. Once the picture is in the box, I’m not all that interested in what happens next. Hunters, after all, aren’t cooks.

“Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that fixes forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make them come back again.

We cannot develop and print a memory. The writer has time to reflect. He can accept and reject, accept again; and before committing his thoughts to paper he is able to tie the several relevant elements together.

There is also a period when his brain “forgets,” and his subconscious works on classifying his thoughts. But for photographers, what has gone is gone forever.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

“Vos 10 000 premières photographies seront les pires.” ― 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

“There is no closed figure in nature. Every shape participates with another. No one thing is independent of another, and one thing rhymes with another, and light gives them shape.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“— How do you make your pictures? — I don’t know, it’s not important.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

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“qualunque cosa noi facciamo, kertész l’ha fatto prima.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

I won’t break them down to what I think they mean, or what you can gain from them, as I often feel that’s like explaining art. We all have our own interpretations, and if you have to explain it, it’s not served its purpose.

“Für mich besteht die Photographie im gleichzeitigen blitzschnellen Erkennen der inneren Bedeutung der Tatsache einerseits, und auf der anderen Seite des strengen und rückhaltlosen Aufbaus der optisch erfaßbaren Formenwelt, die jede Tatsache zum Ausdruck bringt.

Indem wir leben, entdecken wir uns selbst und gleichzeitig die Außenwelt, die auf uns einwirkt, auf die wir aber auch unsererseits einwirken können. Zwischen dieser inneren und äußeren Welt muß ein Gleichgewicht geschaffen werden, die beiden Welten bilden in einem immerwährenden Dialog ein einziges Ganzes, und den Begriff davon müssen wir mitzuteilen suchen.

” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

Without any further ado, here are my Top 10 Henri Cartier-Bresson Quotes.

“We 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. We cannot develop and print a memory.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Check out our list on photography quotes that will change how you shoot or Ansel Adams quotes for more photography inspiration!

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us, which can mold us, but which can also be affected by us. A balance must be established between these two worlds—the one inside us and the one outside us.

” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.

“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

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 is commonly considered a master of candid photography and street photography, and is widely considered to be one of the greatest photographers of all time, and one of my top 3.

“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, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

“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? ­” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression.

“Photographier : c’est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l’oeil et le coeur.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

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

“En la vida como en la fotografía, hay que pasar los negativos a positivos” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Think about the photo before and after, never during. The secret is to take your time. You mustn’t go too fast. The subject must forget about you. Then, however, you must be very quick.

“Tus primeras 10.000 fotos serán tus peores fotos.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century

“If there is one point, it’s humanity, it’s life, the richness of life. The thing is simply to be sensitive.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

“For the world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

“To take photographs is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in the face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.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, The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.

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