MCCULLIN talks about Henri Cartier-Bresson:
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
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.
McCullin, London, July 2003