Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of photojournalism

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If you go through the newspapers and history books of the past century, then you’ve probably already seen some of the works of French journalist and photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. He is one of the most influential photographers of all time and is credited with what we today call street photography or life reportage style.

Falling in love with love with taking photos, Cartier-Bresson traveled all around the world, photographing everything from the daily life of aborigines to the famines and wars of Asia and Africa. He is also known for taking photos of various celebrities and cultural icons of his day.

In 1952, Cartier-Bresson published his a book with 126 of his photographs called The Decisive Moment. The name comes from the words of the 17th century Cardinal de Retz who once said “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.1 He published several other works as well, many whose photos can be seen below.

Though Henri Cartier-Bresson passed away in 2004, his legacy lives on in the countless photos that he took during his illustrious career as a photojournalist.


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