Opinion: Cartier Bresson Would Have Faced Massive Obstacles in Today’s Photo World

All images © Henri Cartier-Bresson/Magnum as per the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Today’s photography world is one where Henri Cartier-Bresson would have done well only in very specific instances and circles. Much of this has to do with advances in society such as use of the internet, autofocus, social media, etc. Bresson’s legacy was very much one of his specific time period–and if he were around today there would be no doubt that he would be an important part of photography, but it may not be as a photographer. Instead, in today’s world, Bresson would have been an influential player with his healthy amount of financial resources and his ability to work with other people.

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