Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Reading List…. The Modern Century

“A great deal of what is generally classified as photojournalism is in fact not reportage but illustration — a matter of providing an appropriate (attractive, somber, diverting, dramatic, comical, lively, unobtrusive) image to fill the space. ¬†The alacrity with which Cartier-Bresson could grasp the social sense of any circumstance and distill it into an image made him one of the most accomplished illustrators of the twentieth century.”


Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century



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  1. Costanza Saglio

    February 7, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    The first picture is breathtaking: masterly!

  2. Giulia

    February 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm


  3. daniela

    February 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    how many humanity

  4. Lena

    February 7, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    These photos are so lovely. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Mallika

    February 7, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Love the quote!
    And AMAZING captures :)

    x Mallika


  6. wallace chapman

    February 7, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Very true – Bresson took that single 35mm lens, and shot a photo like it was a movie. Very clever :)


  7. Miss Red Socks

    February 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Very moving images. Each one has a specific feeling.


  8. debbie

    February 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Sart-can you tell us more details about the first photo? It is so sad-why is the man crying?

  9. irene

    February 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm

  10. Lisa

    February 7, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Truly a great photographer, Bresson. His photographs elevate the moment into deep narrative. They always strike me, too, for their rich tonality… beautiful.

  11. Marcel Da Chump

    February 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    To capture those “decisive moments”, one has to be practically invisible holding a camera; it’s a lot easier said than done.

  12. Natasha Fatah

    February 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    What a beautiful collection of photographs. Love them.


  13. Serdane

    February 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Those pictures are so emotional. I mean there is so much feelings there …


  14. Erica B.

    February 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Cartier-Bresson’s work has always taken my breath away, but I wasn’t aware of this book. Thank you for sharing!

  15. mosaic_world

    February 7, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    the 3rd photo is intimate. I like it altho I feel slightly like a voyeur.

  16. Kimberly

    February 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    I would love to know the back story of the first image.

  17. Luke

    February 7, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Nice Photos. Wish I had ‘cartier’ as part of my name!

  18. Stylosophism

    February 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    This his History…


  19. Sezgi Uygur

    February 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    For those who’ll visit Rome, photos of Cartier-Bresson can be seen at the Palazzo Incontro until 6th of May 2012.

  20. Ivana Aleksic

    February 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm


  21. melissa

    February 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Yes, he was indeed a great photographer.. The photo’s talk for themselves…


  22. Danae

    February 7, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Bresson was a true artist. He really knew how to capture the moment, the feeling, the story behind

  23. Ría

    February 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

  24. CBC

    February 7, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    the 1st photo…the young man is on the other side of the fence…..very upset ..why the 3rd photo very daring…Posolini

  25. Kati H.

    February 7, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    I was curious about the first photo, as well. Here is the link to the NYT slide show: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/08/cartier-bressons-modern-century-at-moma/

    It has other photos as well. That particular photo is of a son being reunited with his mother after they were separated during WWII. What a poignant story.

  26. sarah

    February 8, 2012 at 2:12 am

    love this series! esp the last pic. soo cute.


  27. Laura

    February 8, 2012 at 3:56 am

    That first photo is so beautiful and emotional! It takes my breath away..



  28. Johnny

    February 8, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Why is the Italian guy sitting on his friend lap? Curious…

  29. Ines

    February 8, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Thank you Kati!

  30. FashionUm

    February 8, 2012 at 6:09 am

    i love these vitage photos

    Show Your Outfit!

  31. antique engagement rings

    February 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Just a wonderful set of photos…. !

  32. abby

    February 8, 2012 at 7:43 am

    all wonderful. love that last one.

  33. Sunny Side

    February 8, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Your choice is really great … could write a story for each one …

  34. Anonymous

    February 8, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Thank you for the “answer” to my “question”…

  35. proletarian Great Gatsby

    February 8, 2012 at 11:18 am

    It isn’t just a photo.That is live ,love to humanity and beauty.Bravo!And thank you for sharing this with us.

  36. Charlotte Wilder

    February 8, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    He’s my favorite. Not much else to say about it.

  37. Sally

    February 8, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    This is so cool, please keep featuring photos tagged ‘Vintage’… I now find myself curious now to learn more about photography and read more into discussions like the one quoted from here… Thanks again.


  38. helena

    February 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Im loving the first photo. So powerful and emotional. You can see how the emotion is truly the centre of this photo… the rest is blurred while the only thing that has stayed intact is the crying man. So strange too… the woman, she’s protecting him. Masterly.

  39. AleksT

    February 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    The 3-d foto A.Minghella saw for sure too)…remember the shot from his “Talanted Mr.Ripley”?

  40. Major Tom

    February 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  41. steve

    February 8, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    the last photo is such an expression of love/friendship/family/excitement.
    i may save it for a screen saver.

  42. muizo

    February 8, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    These photos reminds me so much of Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises book. Must’ve been how they were back then! Epic!

  43. Amielle

    February 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    That last picture is my favourite. Such a beautiful quiet moment.

  44. rach

    February 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    hi there – love the last photo – any chance you could post the title and date of the image? many thanks

  45. Jade

    February 8, 2012 at 8:46 pm

    The last picture makes me thing of the movie The Talented Mr. Ripley.

  46. bec

    February 10, 2012 at 3:55 am

    amazing photos – he captures a moment in someone’s lives so beautifully – i especially love the image of the 2 men as you don’t see that sort of male to male affection captured very often

  47. Lexi

    February 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Thank you Kati H. for posting the link. Great photos indeed! To have captured such incredible moments with such honest simple beauty … incredibly moving

  48. Anonymous

    February 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    And perhaps to “fill the space with images” of humanity and “hope for change”…

    Do you think this is what he meant?

  49. Josh

    February 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Three relatively obscure Bresson photographs. Three extremely good photographs

    An incredibly good photographer.

  50. Bill

    February 11, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Moments in time caught superbly.

  51. Adrianne

    February 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    The exhibit of his work at the MoMa a few years ago was fantastic. I wrote about the first one for a class. He captured everyone’s emotions in the frame and it conveys a feeling of the scene at that exact moment. Simply beautiful!

  52. casey

    February 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    all very powerful images. domo for sharing !

  53. AP

    February 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    That photo was totally used as a shot in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’, right? so nice

  54. AP

    February 17, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Bresson’s work was always a reflection of human condition where it created a reflective state of mind that permeated the viewer’s reality. In that, it was extremely powerful and emotional. I find it strange that his photos would show up here, a site were we look at the surface of life – in a way that disables a person to see beyond what a person wears, and if in anyway this site reflects the human conditions it exposes our indulgence in material things, vanity and narcissism – these are the only emotions that wash up on this site. Bresson captured historical moments of pain and joy, unlike here and to use Bresson to extend your lack is a pathetic attempt.

  55. Dlight

    February 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

    The third shot is incredible…

    Dlight from Paris,

    La Rue A Du Style


  56. Dionysos

    February 19, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    That last photo is BEAUTIFUL! Absolutely stunning.

  57. Ritoot

    February 9, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Those pictures are so emotional. I mean there is so much feelings there

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