The Master

The autumn season at Atheneum (Helsinki) will feature rare and unseen work from French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004). Considered the father of photo reportage, Cartier-Bresson was also one of the founders of the Magnum Agency, along with Robert Capa and David 'Chim' Seymour. 

I did my undergraduate dissertation on HCB, a strange choice for an English Literature student, but I was obsessed with his photos and his philosophy of the Decisive Moment. Put simply it is a Zen-like period of time where any given scene conspires to create near perfect composition. Its roots come from Zen in Art of Archery by Eugene Herrigel who opined that if you're thinking about releasing the arrow, you're already too late (obviously paraphrased!)

I've been trying to take Zen like photos ever since, here's my attempt... Alongside The Master!

http://www.ateneum.fi/en/henri-cartier-bresson