05 March, 2015

Sharpness

Zeiss Loxia 50mm - Braids, Sydney, New South Wales [click to enlarge]

The reprint of Henri Cartier-Bresson's, "The Decisive Moment" is finally out. It reveals so many moments captured from around the world. It's a time-capsule from another age. The book is one of photography's seminal works. This, however, is not a review. (Too many have reviewed it better than I could.)


HCB famously said, "Sharpness is a bourgeois concept." And, the book is a powerful reminder that in documentary photography the moment takes precedence over everything. In street photography, missing the shot is missing the point.

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