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The Decisive Moment

by Elena on May 6, 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson believed in what he called le moment decisif, the decisive moment that allows the photographer only a fraction of a second to capture.  He helped popularize photojournalism with his street photography and the way in which he captured ‘real life.’  Cartier-Bresson is most definitely one of my favorite photographers, and an influencing factor behind most photojournalists today.  It takes a patient and discriminating eye to capture the decisive moments he took below:

Henri Cartier-Bresson - MadridHenri Cartier-Bresson - BrusselsHenri Cartier-Bresson - Calle CuauhtemoctzinHenri Cartier-Bresson - Hyères, FranceHenri Cartier-Bresson - Dessau

Photos © Henri Cartier-Bresson

JPG Magazine is holding a contest in honor of Cartier-Bresson.  Submissions must be inspired by the French photographer and the winner gets to attend the MOMA exhibit in NYC and have their experience published in JPG.  My submission is a picture taken of my grandparents, a typical moment of my grandmother buttoning up my grandfather’s jacket, to keep him warm on his daily walk.

Bundle Up

Inspired by the contest and the exhibit, I dusted off an old flash drive and played around with a few of my photos to see how Cartier-Bresson has influenced my images.  I can only hope that I came even inches closer to the way Cartier-Bresson captured the everyday and spectacular moments of people’s lives.

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Photos © Elena Vazquez


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