sniff, sniff, sniff –
~Henry Cartier Bresson
The Early Years.
One of the most groundbreaking advances in photography happened between two world wars with the introduction of hand-held cameras. Suddenly, a photographer could be on the move recording the ebb and flow of life as it happened.
These new cameras didn’t merely fix the motion of the subject; they also freed the photographer from virtually all constraints. One could now reinvent the life of the street as Surrealist theater making it more surprising, mysterious, and compelling than the eye perceived it.
With a camera in his hand and a few rolls of film in his pocket, Cartier-Bresson never needed to decide if he was working or if he was just living.
He was doing both.
He was a master,
by freezing it …
into the exceptional.
Photos: Henry Cartier Bresson’s Early Years.
Featured: Hyères, France, Belgium, Paris, Marseille, Italy and Poland. 1931 – 1933