Member Rara Avis
the ass-end of space
In my first year of photography, our teacher Mr. Nolte, dimmed the lights and brought out a birthday cake(or a box of donuts, I forget) with candles. As he completed singing Happy Birthday he admonished us for not knowing who's birthday it was. We all looked at eachother assuming it was a classmate until Nolte, shaking his head, declared
"Today is the birthday of the Daguerreotype!" (an early photographic medium, look it up if yer interested)
Sure, at first we all thought he was mildly psychotic but as the year went on we realized he was just that empassioned about photography. A passion that rubbed off on all of us. So I can only imagine what Mr. Nolte is subjecting his students to(if he's still teaching) today as one of photography's biggest icons passed away.
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a genius and one of my favourite photographers. Against studio work and set pieces, Bresson preferred the candid. His pictures capture what he dubbed the 'decisive moment.'
The brilliant Place De L'Europe (above) is a perfect example of this moment. A second before and the shot is rather mundane, a second later, (puddle disturbed) is too obvious. But in between, the moment of perfection. The subject caught, suspended in air, much more dramatic no? That's Bresson's genius.
Bresson is also the father of Photojournalism and I hope the media recognizes and honours the passing of man who helped change the way we see the world. Nuff yapping/lauding and pontificating I'm off to bed.
[This message has been edited by Aenimal (08-05-2004 11:06 PM).]