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photography’ s ‘decisive moment’

While we are engaging in the art of recording images we should reference the father of modern urban street photography Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908 – 2004) bresson

who is known for the ‘decisive moment’ approach to recognising the perfect time for recording a photograph of real life event. He is perhaps the first photo-journalist, what made this reportage image making possible was the invention of a small 35mm Leica camera.

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“Photography is not like painting.There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative.The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.’ – HCB

For the street photographer he said: ‘Life is once, for ever…’

From my trip last year – 7 ‘Decisive Moments’ in Roma 

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Some decisive moments in video ‘A Portrait of the Pantheon’

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