The Decisive Moment, by Henri Cartier-Bresson


The Decisive Moment is about rhythm, about being in sync. It’s also about an element of discipline. Many years ago, I was in Paris and had an audience with Henri at the Magnum offices. I was there to show him my pictures of the Widow of Montmartre. He looked over my contact sheets, pointed to the pictures that moved him and then said, “I must leave now but take a walk with me.“ As we walked the streets together, it was as if his images materialized right in front of me. I finally understood that a truly great image could have passion, purpose, and power.”
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