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Your tributes: Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson has died at the age of 95.

He was widely regarded as one of the 20th Century's most influential photographers, elevating picture-taking from the mere shooting of snaps to a refined and disciplined art.

He was often called the "father of photojournalism", concentrating on capturing what he called the "decisive moment" of an event.

What do you think of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work and his influence? Send us your tributes.

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You have been an inspiration to photographers world-wide, your impeccable work will live on in the hearts and minds of future generations forever! Farewell.
Paul, Durham, England

A loss to the photography industry. A decisive moment....I have learnt. Thank you for such wonderful work and inspiration to aspiring Photographers like myself.
Christina Spybey, London, UK

Henri, you were a groundbreaking genius and will be deeply missed by the photographic world
Jeanette, NYC, USA
With a simple click of a shutter, you recorded moments in history that were so tightly composed and emotionally wrenching that they will be looked at for the rest of humanity. Henri, you were a groundbreaking genius and will be deeply missed by the photographic world. May your legacy live on forever through Magnum.
Jeanette, NYC, USA

His eyes seen some of the important images of the 20th century and his camera captured them to share with us. Whether reporting life changing moments or just people watching he was a true genius.
Allan M, Atlanta, USA

He was an innovative, great man. The world will miss his mercurial artistry and photographic magic.
Benedict C. Ahanonu, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

The epitome of understated simplicity and composition. Elegant, crafted, yet not forced. I think I'm going to shoot some street scenes this week. Amen.
Lester, Hong Kong

I remember some time ago I was extremely depressed with life and the pain of living. A friend urged me to look at book of photos by Cartier-Bresson, "Europeans" I think. The effect on me was astounding. Here was an artist who understand the kaleidoscope of humanity with a real eye for the tragedy and humour of everyday life. Since then Cartier-Bresson has been a hero to me. Words here really are useless to express what a loss his passing will be to the world. Goodbye Henri, and thank you for showing us who we are.
Ahmed, London, UK

In this age of digital images that are often anything but truthful Cartier-Bresson's work seems even more remarkable
Ian Kendrick, Wirral, UK
There was a time when "the camera never lied" but in this age of digital images that are often anything but truthful Cartier-Bresson's work seems even more remarkable. A simple camera, no cropping needed for those "decisive moments". A true genius who was at least as much artist as photographer. He told a story of people in their setting with a single image, always immaculately framed and composed. We shall not see his like again. RIP after a tremendous contribution to humanity.
Ian Kendrick, Wirral, UK

A man who managed to retain a child's eyes and openness to the world around him until his dying day. Au revoir Henri.
Marc, London, UK

An inspiration to generations of photographers, he will live on through the legacy he has left - his work
Nick Smith, Reading, UK

Nobody has done as much as you, Henri, to make the world aware that photography is an art on the level of painting and music. You are the greatest.
Brian Brennan, Barcelona, Spain

Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932 was the picture that made me inspired and confident
Dana Trometer, London
The first picture I laid my eyes on when I became passionate about photography was a Bresson. Behind the Gare St. Lazare, 1932 was the picture that made me inspired and confident that the eye can capture magic and that is what Bresson tried to do in every single picture he took. The world will miss him , his family will need time to mourn him but his pictures will always be there for us to remember one of the greatest 20th century figures. May he rest in Peace!
Dana Trometer, London

For me, there has been no greater photographer than Henri Cartier-Bresson. A truly gifted man, I will always love looking at his photographs. God bless you, Henri.
Phil Browne, Southport, England

Many people go for an ultra expensive wide angle lens or huge telephotos and avoid the humble 50mm lens at all costs. But you can do a great deal with a 50mm lens, it does after all have the same field of view as the human eye. A good photographer can use any lens and still capture the decisive moment. Cartier-Bresson could.
Roger, UK

He partly motivated me to get into photography - I liked the unsentimental poignancy of his images, the understated genius of his craft and the simple economy of its execution. "Of course it's all luck" - I heard him remark once on a documentary - if that's so, all I can say is that he was unnaturally lucky...
Richard Farland, London, UK

Cartier-Bresson deserves to stand up there as one of the greatest artists in history, not just one of the greatest photographers
Caroline, London UK
As the originator and master practitioner of a whole genre of photography - street photography - Cartier-Bresson deserves to stand up there as one of the greatest artists in history, not just one of the greatest photographers. It only seems a shame to me that photography doesn't seem to be recognised as a true art in the same way as painting or sculpture is - for me his great body of work both makes more social commentary and is far more aesthetically pleasing than anything these trendy installation artists produce today. I only hope that posterity will eventually see his work in the same light as the likes of Turner, Monet and Leonardo. Rest in Peace Henri, you can never know how many photographers you have inspired around the world in your long life!
Caroline, London UK

As a teenager Cartier-Bresson's work was a superb introduction to art because his photos were uncontrived , their subjects taken from life. He captured both the emotion of the moment and the passing beauty of the form, and the effect was to make one look at the everyday through the eyes of an artist, a habit I owe to him. One example. Cartier Bresson portrayed William Faulkner in profile in his garden in 1947, his left hand clutching his extended right arm. Behind are Faulkner's two dogs, one of them stretching in the opposite direction the decisive moment, brilliantly captured for all time!
Andrew Hoellering, Exeter, Devon

HCB was an institution in himself. A phase of photojournalism perhaps ends with him. The world will remember him and his photographs and the generations to come will know the world through his photographs.
Srikant Chakraborty, Bangalore, India

His reportage was unsurpassed, and his technique astonishing
Myron C, Southampton

One of the greatest and most influential photographer/artist. His reportage was unsurpassed, and his technique astonishing, given that all those wonderful pictures were taken with nothing more than a small Leica with a 50mm lens. In this day of instant digital images and photojournalism, it is all the more remarkable how Cartier-Bresson managed to capture those decisive moments.
Myron C, Southampton

You have clicked and whirled for the final time. RIP.
Hayley Dunaroomup, Eastleigh, Hampshire, UK

Any words I write here can't do Henri justice, his images surpass them all.
Howard, Peterborough

I have to say I had never heard of him, but recognise his pictures from last night's news. What an excellent philosophy of carrying a camera around at all times due to the spontaneous nature of catching moments not just pictures.
Matt, Chelmsford, UK

In my mind, without parallel and very probably never be surpassed. His impeccable eye for a good picture and his exposure of the subject will fortunately remain forever and give future photographers cause for wonder. Farewell, M Cartier-Bresson
Dave, Surrey, UK

You were a great inspiration to me. Thanks
Laurent Neuenschwander, New Zealand

The best eye of the 20th century
JM Schomburg, Paris
The best eye of the 20th century. All of it.
JM Schomburg, Paris, France

Among great, he was greatest. As originator of 'decisive moment' he set standards in photography and photojournalism.
Boris Findrik, Zagreb, Croatia

Goodbye Henri, all the world will remember your legacy and decisive moments.
Shihlun Chang, Taipei City, Taiwan

The one photographer who captured an explosive level of humanity in every image. His work spoke to everyone. He was the best, in my view.
Howard, Sacramento, USA

One of the greatest photographers who ever lived. His pictures say it all.
Mark Mason, Birmingham, UK

I'll miss Henri very much
Robert de Montvilliers, Pari
He was a French man, and was well loved in France. Had he been British; I think no one would have taken him seriously. I'll miss Henri very much.
Robert de Montvilliers, Paris, France

It requires special talent to be such an acute observer of a century.
Simon, Amsterdam, Netherlands

HCB had a profound effect on all who loved photograph. He and his colleagues at Magnum, whose fourth co-founder was the British photographer George Rodger, lifted candid photography from mere snaps and created the strong reportage style which is with us still. He ranks with Ansell Adams and Edward Aweston as one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.
Alan Cameron, Blackpool, UK




SEE ALSO:
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