image on the run

“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment”
– 17th century Cardinal de Retz

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In 1952, Henri Cartier-Bresson published his book Images à la sauvette, whose English edition was titled The Decisive Moment. The French title can loosely be translated as “images on the run” or “stolen images.”

“Photography is not like painting,” Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

“The simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as the precise organization of forms which gives that event its proper expression…  The little human detail can become a leitmotif.”

Image of this moment by Frank from Surfer Mag 2010, best of… see the lot here