Henri Cartier-Bresson

Photography by Henri Cartier-Bresson
“To take a photograph is to align the head, the eye and the heart. It’s a way of life.” -Henri Cartier-Bresson

This week I wanted to focus more on the photography aspect of photojournalism and talk about Henri Cartier-Bresson, who was considered the “father of modern photojournalism.” He, along with nine other famously known photographers, introduced what the world of photography could do for society and created some of the techniques that photographers now use today. Cartier-Bresson was born in Chanteloup, France and while he was growing up there, a photograph taken by Martin Munkacsi opened his eyes to the world of photography. He was one of the first who began using the 35mm film camera, which is still a popular medium of photography today, and his career flourished from there. Cartier-Bresson ultimately created the type of photography, called Street Photography, by spending his time taking shots of citizens around the streets of his hometown. 1948, however, is the year that he became most famously known for covering Mahatma Gandhi’s funeral along with the last bits of the Chinese Civil War that ended in 1949. Cartier-Bresson traveled all around the world during his lifetime from France to China, India, Soviet Union, and various places around Europe. You can check all of these photographs out in his photo gallery. I highly recommend taking a look at his photographs if you’re into photography because I spent a hefty amount of time taking a look at them, and they definitely affected me and strengthened my appreciation for the art of photography.