Historic Henri Cartier-Bresson Photos of China to Be Exhibited for the First Time

Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948 – 1949 | 1958 is an exhibit not to be missed for admirers of the master photographer and his photojournalism legacy.

Beginning on October 15th, there’s a good reason for photographers to visit Paris. Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is devoting its new space to the Henri Cartier-Bresson: China 1948 – 1949 | 1958 exhibit, which will show the iconic photographer’s unprecedented accounts of two pivotal moments in China’s history. The work will be comprised of an exceptional collection of photographic and documentary work, and is the first time these photos will be shown to the public.

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These Signed Henri Cartier-Bresson Prints are Going for $25,000 Each

If you’re an avid collector of iconic photography, these signed Henri Cartier-Bresson prints might just be worthy of being your next acquisition. 

Once in a while, we put the spotlight on some rare, original prints by iconic photographers instead of cameras and gear for our noteworthy vintage finds. Among these are Andy Warhol’s Polaroid Self-Portrait, Bert Stein’s worksheet from the Last Sitting with Marilyn Monroe, and a framed Ansel Adams print. Today, we’re adding a signed Henri Cartier-Bresson print to the pile. Whether you’re a street photography enthusiast, a Cartier-Bresson fan, or simply an avid collector of iconic photography, you might want to check this out.

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The Masters of Photography Releases Free Videos to Nourish Your Soul

The free video vault over at the Masters of Photography will inspire you to no end.

If you’re looking for a source of inspiration you’ll love what the guys and gals over at Masters of Photography have assembled. Whether you want to find out about ‘The Decisive Moment’ from Henri Cartier-Bresson, or have wondered how Martin Hartley captures stunning images from his Polar expeditions, the Masters of Photography has your back. After the break learn more about how you can watch more than a dozen inspiring videos that feature some of the greatest photographers of our time for free. Continue reading…

Henri Cartier Bresson on Learning How to “Look”

Here’s a photography lesson from Henri Cartier Bresson that you probably didn’t expect.

Henri Cartier Bresson is a man who needs no introduction; his works being timeless and the basis of most photography doctrines up to the present. As we continue to seek his words of wisdom on how to take better photos, there are still some gems to be uncovered here and there. One we recently found is a snippet of an interview where Bresson answers the question, “Can one learn to look?”

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Video: How to Become Henri Cartier Bresson (And Zone Focus with Your Fujifilm Camera)

Zone focusing with your Fujifilm camera is pretty easy, but there are two big ways to do this.

Recently on our Instagram TV channel, we showed how photographers can zone focus with their Fujifilm cameras. Believe it or not, it’s pretty simple. However, it depends a whole lot on the lenses you’ve got attached to your camera and can also depend partially on your EVF or screen.

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Henri-Cartier Bresson’s Best Decisive Moments on Display at ICP

Believe it or not, Henri-Cartier Bresson hated the marketing term “the decisive moment.”

When we speak about Bresson, we often associate him with the idea of the Decisive Moment. But as I learned on a tour of one of the newest exhibits at International Center of Photography, he actually hated that term. The exhibit itself is coined “The Decisive Moment,” but to Bresson he believed that there are many moments instead. The artistic photographer also really seems to have wished that his now famous book would have instead been called something along the lines of “Images on the Run.” Indeed, this is a bit more like what we see of Bresson’s work, at least in some of his most famous images.

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Mastering the Art of Black and White Urban Geometry Photography (Premium)

Urban Geometry began as a major movement a few years ago as a combination of both street photography and architecture. It can surely be done in color, but many of the movement’s most effective images are done in black and white. Peruse Instagram, Behance and many other hubs for photographic artistry and you’re bound to find loads of captivating and incredible photos based solely on this medium. Urban Geometry is an interesting genre in that typically it’s a process centered around capturing something; but the final result only really comes out after processing. So if you’re looking to find a way to understand the art form better and get more in tune with your own creative abilities to find the extraordinary in the ordinary, then read ahead.

The Science Behind Geometry

Since we began being a species, human beings have tried to find a way to organize and make sense of the environment around them. This natural predisposition lends itself well to geometry. Henri Cartier-Bresson stated that he was an artist that found a way to look at geometric shapes in the world and capture them in an appealing way. Urban Geometry is the modern evolution of that idea and it has only progressed so fast as of recent due to the internet and the simple ability for people to upload and share photos at a moment’s notice. That’s part of what makes Urban Geometry so appealing–the fact that it uses shapes, tones, lighting, and the frame to lead the eye around in a way that it simple to digest.

Seeing the world in the form of shapes is pretty simple to begin with. Just look at the everyday objects around you: brick walls, shelving units, floors, etc. Then move into the very minute details of it all by looking for abstracts.

For example the photo above could have easily been thought of to be an area around a parking lot or a grate of some sort. It’s actually the exterior part of an air purifier. But there are things that work for it such as the stark contrast between the brights and darks combined with the darkness to the light.

When shooting, you’ll eventually learn how to see the world in different tones, but more on that will come later.

Geometric shapes, such as the example shown off earlier in this section, and your ability to see them will eventually come to you as you go around the world looking for them. In fact, I strongly recommend that you go around not photographing at all. Instead, look around the world and let it all just come to you. Start out in a big city with big buildings. You’ll eventually get that feeling of “I wish I had my camera with me.”

“For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel oneself involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, a discipline of the mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Making it Work Within Your Format (4:3, 3:2, 16:9)

Besides just seeing the world in terms of geometric shapes, you’ll also need to figure out a way to frame it all. Most cameras work within the 4:3 or 3:2 formats, but your mind probably doesn’t see or think that way. Maybe you think square! As a tutorial example, take a look at how the photo above takes the buildings and finds a way to make them look seamlessly meshing together.

Now imagine if that were focusing into a more defined area.

Now here’s what a square crop of that idea looks like. It’s interesting in that it adheres to what the photographer is trying to accomplish but it also is focusing in on a more minute detail. This harkens back to the idea of finding the abstracts around you in everyday life. This was only possible with a square crop from the original 4:3 imaging area shot. Sometimes it’s easy to find a different sort of crop within a larger frame that works.

If that’s too tight for you, then maybe a 16:9 crop can work. This crop works for the same reasons that the square did but includes more shades, tones and patterns. It looks incredibly seamless and adds more balance to the entire scene.


In big cities, it can be difficult to not find patterns. Consider the following: many buildings in any given neighborhood are designed to look and feel the same due to the fact that it creates a sense of uniformity in a neighborhood within a city. So with that said, it can be tough to not find patterns or similarity. Lots of pre-war apartment buildings look the same if they were targeted to one social class vs the other. By studying the individual areas and pieces of these buildings, you’re going to find patterns. Similarly, if you look at larger, all glass buildings, then you’re bound to find patterns.

Let’s take a look at an example:

When looking at the building above, one can see that there are clear patterns. Let’s identify them:

  • The textures
  • The tones
  • The colors
  • The placement and distance of the windows

Now that you’ve identified them, we can find a way to focus on a specific section of the building.

This image was created using a 16:10 crop then working with the highlights, shadows, blacks, whites, contrast and clarity. It’s far different from what you may have been looking at, but part of the magic of Urban Geometry comes out in post.

It’s all about Contrast, Light, UpRight tool and Tones

Urban geometry has a whole lot to do with the editing process. With that said, photographers should look out for the contrast, tones, and lighting. To start, consider the ROYGBIV spectrum. The theories behind the spectrum state that colors on either end clash with one another. For example, Red and Blue are on total ends of the spectrum; so in terms of color coordination they contrast a whole lot. To that end, reds and blues will clash and create contrast within a scene.

But hold on, that’s not totally true. If they’re pastel shades of red and blue, then they’re going to contrast a whole lot less because they’re both lighter in color and mixed in with white. On the other hand, a darker red will create a whole lot more contrast with a lighter blue. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Where is the color on the RGB Spectrum?
  • Where is the main color in relation to Green?
  • What is the clashing color?
  • Where is the clashing color in relation to my main color?
  • What shades are the main color and the clashing color? That is, how dark are they?
  • Which is darker?
  • Is there a stark contrast between the dark and light?

The ultimate combination is finding a clash between darks and lights. In Black and white photography, that’s what it’s all about. Otherwise, it can be very difficult to tell a light, seafoam green apart from a shade of tickle me pink.

Additionally, in Urban Geometry the Adobe Lightroom Upright tool can be very useful. It will work to make your lines and straight and geometric as possible.

Now get out there and shoot!

Magnum Manifesto Will Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Collective

All images in this article are used with permission from ICP.

Next month, the International Center of Photography is teaming up with Magnum Photos for a special exhibition called the Magnum Manifesto. This year, the famed agency has been focusing a whole lot on social change. With this being the agency’s 70th year, they upcoming exhibition at the International Center of Photography is going to feature work from photographers such as Christopher Anderson, Jonas Bendiksen, Henri Cartier- Bresson, Cornell and Robert Capa, Chim, Raymond Depardon, Bieke Depoorter, Elliott Erwitt, Martine Franck, Leonard Freed, Paul Fusco, Cristina Garcia Rodero, Burt Glinn, Jim Goldberg, Joseph Koudelka, Sergio Larrain, Susan Meiselas, Wayne Miller, Martin Parr, Marc Riboud, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Eugene W. Smith, Alec Soth, Chris Steele-Perkins, Dennis Stock, Mikhael Subotzky, and Alex Webb.

More details about the upcoming exhibition are after the jump.

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7 Inspirational Quotes from Famous Photographers To Start Your Week

Marc Silber has interviewed many photographers over the years and in his new book called “Advancing Your Photography” he’s putting knowledge together for photographers who want to simply just become better. Inside you’ll find loads of tips and tricks on how to critique images, look at photos more critically, and how to simply shoot better based on a number of proven techniques from many famous photographers over the years.

Below, we’ve gathered (with permission) a number of inspirational quotes from famous photographers published in the book. Enjoy!

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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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29 Inspirational Quotes from Photographer Henri Cartier Bresson


Photo by Henri Cartier Bresson

Here’s a selection of  my favorite quotes by photographer Henri Cartier Bresson.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published by John Paul Caponigro. It is being republished here with permission. For even more, we recommend that you check out his newsletter, Facebook page, Twitter, Google + and these other resources including quotes, documentaries and interviews.

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Why the Fuji X100 Will Eliminate Your Fear of Street Photography


I’ve been told by friends and colleagues that street photography came as a breath of fresh air into an otherwise mundane world of shooting landscapes and studio portraits, while many others, myself included, found it to be inherently uncomfortable in just about every way possible. Finding the beauty in the commonplace, and capturing it without disrupting your environment isn’t something that comes easily to all, but it seems we can all agree that there is a certain type of candid allure on the streets that simply can’t go undocumented.

Also be sure to check out our Editor in Chief’s post on how the camera retaught him street photography.

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