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Aenimal
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0 posted 08-05-2004 04:19 PM       View Profile for Aenimal   Email Aenimal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Aenimal

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.


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He lived to a ripe old age, he did, and left us with much.
Thanks for this, Raph.
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Thanks for looking in Kraw
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What a brilliant photo and thanks for the information.  It is fitting that he be honored.  Thanks for posting this.  
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I know some of this man's work, and yes, he was a genius. Thank you, Raph, for honoring him this way.
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HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON, PHOTOGRAPHER, DEAD AT 95  

"Henri Cartier-Bresson, a Frenchman who was widely considered  
as one of the great photographers of the 20th century, died  
at the age of 95. The photographer was a founding member of  
the Magnum picture agency in 1947. He made his name partly  
by being in the right place at the right time, allowing him  
to capture what he called the "decisive moment." During his  
career, Cartier-Bresson documented the Spanish Civil war,  
the liberation of Paris during World War II, the death of  
India's Mahatma Ghandi and the fall of Beijing to Mao  
Zedong's forces in 1949. In 1954, he was the first Western  
photographer permitted into the Soviet Union after the  
passing of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin the year before.  
Thirty years later, Cartier-Bresson put his camera away and  
devoted more time to the other passion in his life - drawing"

*sniff* *group hug*

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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Such brilliance!
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thanks all, the man was brilliant and a huge inspiration. just brought back memories of the darkroom and photography trips
 
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