The Moment Décisif (said with a french accent)

This is a concept coined by the most important street photography of all time, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). He understood photography as a “simultaneous coalition” of subject and photographer, a beautiful collaboration between the two to create a single captured moment. “We [subject & photographer] work in unison…there is one moment at which the elements in motion are in balance.” These moments are elusive and ephemeral and require patience combined with skill. You don’t simply wait for the moment but you have to go out and create them. He explains, “One does not add composition as though it were an afterthought superimposed on the basic subject material, since it is impossible to separate content from form. Composition must have its own inevitability about it.”

During a visit to Paris, I spent a long apres-midi at the Fondation Cartier-Bresson which has become one of the go-to museums for photographers. He was one of the first true masters of photography and his works still feels as alive and vibrant today as it did when he first debuted it.

Cartier-Bresson, Man jumping puddle