Saturday, 28 February 2009

Henri Cartier Bresson

Henri Cartier Bresson was a French photographer who was most famous for his photojournalism, in particular his work on everyday life in France. I like his street scenes of children, and there is one photo in particular that stands out for me. It is a photo of a child holding two bottles of wine and his expression is priceless. It looks like it is the first day that he has been allowed to hold one bottle of wine and now he has two.

Cartier Bresson influenced a lot of photographers through his work. For over twenty years he worked for Life magazine and he covered many of the major events of the twentieth century. I don't think that it is any coincidence that he trained as an artist and then became such a successful photographer. He also gave us a lot of quotes and any of them could be the subject of a blog. 'In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little, human detail can become a Leitmotiv' is one such quote. In my wedding photography I used Cartier Bresson's idea of a leitmotiv (I prefer leitmotiv to logo) and used a photo of a cravate and a rose as the theme for each of the pages.

Happy snapping

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