Henri Cartier Bresson ( Influences and inspiration)
a young Henri Cartier with his wife
every time i read about him, it only inspires me…his thinking was way ahead of its time…true he was quite eccentric..very eccentric ,but then he spoke bitter truth and his thoughts moved all…eccentric as he was, he also was sensitive…when Koudelka was not allowed to enter a fancy restaurant where photographers were meeting he left immediately….
from the book “Magnum” by Russell Miller
there are so many stories about Henri’s life its worth telling them all….whoever has been touched by Henri either through his works, or his exhibitions,or movies or have met him in person knows what it feels…on one of the occasions Marc Riboud and Henri Cartier were photographing in Cuba, and it was a tense situation..there were a group of militia women and they didn’t like to be photographed. Henri approached one of them and started talking photographs. Riboud got worried Henri’s skull would get smashed by the women, but astonished to see smiling militia women. So he asked Henri how did he diffuse the situation and Henri replied ” Oh she was a bit annoyed, so I made her some compliments and told her she was the most beautiful militia women I had ever seen. Things like that”.
Henri didn’t like to see prints,he liked to look at contact sheets so he would see how your eye developed (his contact sheet)
his thoughts on photography and otherwise. an hour long interview . please let it buffer.
one can never get enough of him. one of my inspirations for photography. I will keep posting about it every now and then. Whenever I look for inspiration i return to masters such as Henri Cartier,Josef Koudelka ,Garry Winogrand ,and so on. Their inspiration is much more than just photography. They inspire you to live..