Jun 282012
 

For any fans of of classic street photography you must check out this documentary on Henri Cartier-Bresson that is on youtube. It was shot in 2001 when Henri was 92. Enjoy!

  15 Responses to “Just Plain Love – A Documentary on Henri Cartier-Bresson”

  1. maybe it was in 2001 (not 2011) , he died in 2004 at 95 .
    thank you for the film, it is inspiring !

  2. Indeed, tank you very much for the link Steve. What a master.

  3. Brilliant documentary. So many wise words I will have to watch this again.

    It’s also interesting to know that HCB’s photographs where photoshopped in his lifetime. Some die hards still knock digital cameras and processes (even though black and white images have been edited and manaipulated in dark rooms since photography began).

    • To avoid misleading people, i want to point out that very limited manipulation of contrast for printing posters is shown in the video. HCB is shown checking the printed proofs for brightness and contrast–he’s not, and neither is it shown, manipulating the images to move around elements, remove distractions, crop, or combine photographs.

  4. Very interesting video. I like the thread of look and see things. Also the way other arts are brought in to show the tread from a different but similar perspective.
    I like particularly the student who can clearly use her cello, and the the tutor explaining a technique to enable her to play the cello, something that can be a gift but in this case has to be guided as it is an interpretation and not a representation of the the visuality of the notes on the music score.
    There is a lot of guidance in this video. It has been well made.
    Good one Steve

  5. Such a great documentary, I love when he says it is all luck.

  6. Thanks a million Steve.

  7. The old saying ‘Be the kind of person chance finds easy to help’ seems to fit here. Cheers…

  8. Thanks for the link, Steve. I don’t understand why censor my comments. I do understand, though, why not to accept my contribution to the Daily Inspiration. I’ll look for other gardens. Keep the work!

  9. Awesome steve, thank you for sharing this link.

  10. I watched the whole thing. Enjoyed hearing from HCB, he had quite the fiesty wit with lots of wisdom.

    Seems like the producer put in a lot of “filler” with segments that were some what related, but I would have liked more documentary on the man himself. Thanks for the link.

  11. Fabulous documentary, what a wise and indeed fun person he seemed, so much to take from this fine collaboration, his outstanding work lives on even though he no longer does. Excellent, thanks for the link.
    Brett F.

  12. Thanks for all your reviews, Steve.HCB was indeed a master—-but so was Jacques Henri Lartigue, whose work is not very well known.He took some amazing action shots with a basic camera (of the maid) that experts can’t explain.He was given a camera as a young boy and kept shooting all his life, into his eighties.He was in his sixties when the world discovered him.He donated his collection of photographs to the French nation.A truly worthwhile life’s work.

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