As I mentioned yesterday, it's Henri Cartier-Bresson's birthday today, which Jan Kwarnmark thinks should become an international Street Shooting Day. Peter Turnley has some nice thoughts about Henri on his Facebook page (click on the "A La Sauvette" link). I was talking to Peter this morning and he had some interesting thoughts about it—he mentioned that when we think of Henri we tend to think of the "decisive moment" meme, and André Lhote's notions of geometry, and surrealism, and all the other ideas that come up along with the name, and we find it hard to remind ourselves of Henri's humanity and his faith when he went out every morning that the pictures were out there waiting to be found. It's like really listening to overly familiar old music. Sometimes it takes some extra effort to break through the crust of familiarity and see the pictures again as moments of life being lived.
Can't resist another plug for my favorite Cartier-Bresson book, the one that to me makes the central case for him and his work. The book I'd have if I could only have one of his. Tonight I'll get it out and go through it again, slowly.
Tomorrow I'll ask for people to send in links to street pictures they took today. I'm really hoping to be able to get out myself, but it's up in the air at this point. Later this week we'll do something more about new street photography, leaving the old chestnuts behind.
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