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“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow." – Imogen Cunningham

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.” – Edward Steichen

SF MoMA - Henri Cartier-Bresson


Yesterday that was all I could say. I felt like I had been breathing in the essence of photography. A bit like pure oxygen, it left me slightly light headed and a little euphoric. Why? I went to the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at SFMoMA with my mother and her boyfriend , and it was incredible.

Room after room of amazing black and white prints, gorgeously composed. After about one or two rooms I kind of got it. I started to abstract his photos in my head into the lines they were made up of. Triangles, diagonals, one photo I remember clearly was arranged like a kite: a rhombus of four gentlemen sitting at a table in the foreground, and then a line leading us into the background. And of course, the images are not pure exercises in geometry. They all captured a moment that meant something probably to the world and then also something intensely personal to the subject.

We all know of HCB as the coiner of 'the decisive moment'. But he was also an excellent portraitist. In particular I loved his portrait of Camus, and his photo of Coco Chanel I found quite insightful as well.

The exhibit runs until January 30 and I whole-heartedly recommend it. There's something about seeing the prints in person that just can't be experienced seeing images on the web. If you live anywhere near San Francisco, you have no excuse.

I took these at the museum. It's a gorgeous space. Processed in B&W as kind of an homage to HCB. They don't hold a candle to his work, as they are not as personal or arresting. But I thought I'd post them anyway.


  1. I like the one of the girl looking over the edge. It is interesting and makes me want to know what she might be seeing. I said to someone else photography is art, no doubt about it. Do you have or could send me a link to this museum or the artwork there? Thanks.

  2. What an exciting day...we never get stuff like that here! I guess I will just have to go to SF! I love the very last shot...the white blending into whit and the soft curve is very cool!

  3. I love monochrome and these are no exception.. nicely done! I assume the lines are part of the style?!

  4. @top5cats, I added a link to the museum in the post, but you can also just type sfmoma.org into your browser window.

    @mattafoto, And yes, the lines are kind of part of the style, but you really must look at some of his work - mine is only a pale imitation in comparison! Just google Henri Cartier Bresson and look at the images that come up. His work is more immediate and features the human figure more prominently. Really amazing work, in my opinion.


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