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Henri Cartier-Bresson (French: [kaʁtje bʁɛsɔ̃]; 22 August 1908 – 3 August 2004) was a French humanist photographer considered a master of candid photography, and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography, and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment.Cartier-Bresson was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos in 1947. In the 1970s he took up drawing—he had studied painting in the 1920s.
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Cartier-Bresson is considered one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. He studied painting from 1922 to 1923 and his career as a photographer began in 1931. He used a 35mm Leica camera exclusively, and during the 1940s he worked for many international newspapers and magazines and together with Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour, and George Rodger, he founded the "Magnum" agency in 1947. In 1966 he left Magnum and in 1974, returned to painting and drawing. His thoeries on photography, including his belief in 'the decisive moment', are frequently cited.
Artist, Cinematographer, Painter, Photographer
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henri Cartier Bresson, Henri Cartier- Bresson, Henry Cartier-Bresson
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