Any photographer worth their salt knows who Henri Cartier-Bresson is.
The French photographer pioneered the concept of “street photography”, co-founded Magnum Photos alongside lensman Robert Capa, David Seymour, William Vandivert and George Rodger, and was on the front line capturing some of the most significant events of modern history: the Spanish civil war, the liberation of Paris in 1944, the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, and the Berlin Wall, as well as the lives of artistic greats like Camus, Picasso, and Matisse.
But it was his work on the streets that he’s most renowned for, blessed with precision timing and an uncanny knack for capturing the most obscure and visually captivating moments of city life. Armed constantly with a Leica 35mm (which he used to wrap black tape around to help him slip under the radar), Cartier-Bresson’s collection of street photographs were released as a photo book in 1952 titled The Decisive Moment, which friend and fellow Magnum photographer Robert Capa referred to as the “Bible for photographers.”
The Decisive Moment is now showing at the International Center of Photography in New York, and the time to check them out is almost up. Henri Cartier-Bresson:The Decisive Moment wraps up September 2nd, so get down to ICP at 250 Bowery, New York before it’s too late.