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13 Famous Quotes By Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Great French Photographer

Famous As: Photographer and Painter
Born On: August 22, 1908
Died On: August 3, 2004
Born In: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died At Age: 95
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer, who is regarded as one of the greatest pioneers of candid photography and had also been one of the earliest users of the 35 mm film. Bresson is possibly one of the most influential photographers in history and his work has influenced generations of photographers, who came after him. He is also credited for being the pioneer of street photography. He tried his hand at music and painting but he had always been keen on photography. After handling his first camera in 1929, he never looked back and became a professional photographer. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Cartier-Bresson worked across a range of genres and in fact, he had also been to the Second World War as a member of the French Army’s Film and Photo Unit. Cartier-Bresson went on to jointly establish his own photography agency Magnum Photos and he was primarily involved in covering India and China. He spoke about a range of subjects from time to time and photography and its evolution was a favourite subject. He had witnessed and was responsible for the evolution of the process of photography across several decades. His thoughts and sayings have inspired millions around the world. Here is a collection of Cartier-Bresson’s quotes excerpted from his interviews and known public utterings.
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Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.

Henri Cartier Bresson
For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.

For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.

Henri Cartier Bresson
To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

Henri Cartier Bresson
It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.

It is through living that we discover ourselves, at the same time as we discover the world around us.

Henri Cartier Bresson
To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.

To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.

Henri Cartier Bresson
Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again.

Henri Cartier Bresson
The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

The photograph itself doesn't interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.

Henri Cartier Bresson
For the world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving.

For the world is movement, and you cannot be stationary in your attitude toward something that is moving.

Henri Cartier Bresson
In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a Leitmotiv.

Henri Cartier Bresson
Sharpness is a bourgeois concept

Sharpness is a bourgeois concept

Henri Cartier Bresson
We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.

We photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again. We cannot develop and print a memory.

Henri Cartier Bresson
Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact

Photography is simultaneously and instantaneously the recognition of a fact and the rigorous organization of visually perceived forms that express and signify that fact

Henri Cartier Bresson
Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should?

Reality offers us such wealth that we must cut some of it out on the spot, simplify. The question is, do we always cut out what we should?

Henri Cartier Bresson