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    Just re-read his "The Decisive Moment" essay ( in Photographers on Photography ). Couple of quotes I like:
    To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.
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    During the process of enlarging, it is essential to re-create the values and mood of the time the picture was taken; or even to modify the print so as to bring it into line with the intentions of the photographer at the moment he shot it. It is necessary also to re-establish the balance which the eye is continually establishing between light and shadow. And it is for these reasons that the final act of creating in photography takes place in the darkroom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doughowk
    Just re-read his "The Decisive Moment" essay ( in Photographers on Photography ). Couple of quotes I like: ...the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression
    His ability to capture the moment, no small task, with such great composition, not a small task by itself, is/was what made him inspiring to me. That and the fact he had such a *great* attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roy
    I love looking at his photographs - great humour.
    Humor? I always thought depressing, he always seemed to get to the underlying reality of a happy event.

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    Le roi est mort. Vive le roi! Et au revoir.

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    He's was a great photographer and spawned many mini HCB's that we will get to enjoy for many years.
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    We have lost another icon of our art, but he and his work will live on in print and his influences on many of us. A very sad day and may he rest in peace!

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    To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give that event its proper expression.
    This quote defines how I think of him. A man who could capture the real essence of humanity that was so important to him.

    and from Erwitt to Salgado. ..... any person that can influence so many photographers to be a great as these, is surely extraordinary.

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    It's sad thing indeed. There is much to be learned form Henri Cartier Bresson's work...


    It reminds me of another great french photographer, Pierre Fatumbi Verger (Fatumbi is an afro-Brasilian name he took up in Brazil).

    Both men took photographs of life as they saw it, and both did it largely for their own purposes. Both used one camera their whole lives (Bresson a leica, Verger a Rolleiflex) and none were limited by it. Both photographed in the same period (from the 30's on), and in their way redefined photography (though Bresson is much more recognized than Verger). Both set standarts that few photographers meet.

    Both passed away, largely inactive in photography throughout their late years.

    Lot's to think about

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