“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”



“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.”


“Photography is an immediate reaction, drawing is a meditation.”

“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.”

Musée du Musée du Louvre (1975)



“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.”

henri cartierBresson horse dog9490aCartierBresson

 “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.”

the-musicians1“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-rue-mouffetard- paris-1954-boy-smiling-wine-bottlesParis, 1954


Mini skirt in Paris, 1969

cartierbressondecisivemoment3_425On The Banks of the Marne, France, 1932



“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

cartierbresson_mexicoprostitutes72Prostitutes in Mexico

“To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

Henri-Cartier-Bresson-Greenfield-Indiana.-1960Greenfield, Indiana-1960

“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”

“Thinking should be done before and after, not during photographing.”



“I believe that, through the act of living, the discovery of oneself is made concurrently with the discovery of the world around us.”

“Of course it’s all luck.”

manray_duchamp_paris1968_bressonMan Ray and Marcel DuChamp, Paris 1968


rome_1959_cartierRome, 1959

Palermo, Italy, 1971

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2 thoughts on “Henri Cartier-Bresson (Aug 22, 1908 – Aug 3, 2004)

  1. what is the name of the picture of the dogs head in the fence? When was it taken and what is the name of the photo?
    This is for a project so if yo could give me more information that would be great.


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