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Henri Cartier-Bresson

(Chanteloup-en-Brie, France, 1908 - 2004, Montjustin, France)

French

One of the most influential photographers of the 20th century, Cartier-Bresson is known as the father of modern photojournalism. He was one of the first photographers to use 35mm film and the mode of shooting now known as “street photography.” Cartier-Bresson was one of the founders of Magnum, the revolutionary artist-run photo agency. His description of how a photographer chooses when to snap the shutter by finding a situation or person’s “decisive moment” defines for many the essence of photojournalism and documentary photography.

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