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Le Palais Royale, 1960

DON MCCULLIN talks about Henri Cartier-Bresson:

I think I speak for every photographer and especially Magnum photographers, when I say that Henri really introduced the concept of perfect composition into our thinking.

He was the first to teach us to compose within the specific shape of the 35mm frame and to utilize the very nature of that camera and format.

The geometry of this image illustrates perfectly his unique eye, and how he always had the perfect timing and a remarkable balance in every shot. That he waited for the precise moment where both figures were in stride; that in amongst the controlled environment of these carefully planted trees we focus on these two figures which seem to be so deep in thought. A moment that only he could have captured so well, in a place that he clearly knows so well.

He could work anywhere, but for me this is about a country and indeed a city where he knows so intimately the people and the culture, it’s a real slice of Henri’s Paris.

Don McCullin, London, July 2003


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