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The Impassioned Eye—Henri Cartier-Bresson

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If you are using and iPhone or iPad, here is a direct link to YouTube.

Here is an amazing documentary, entitled The Impassioned Eye, about the great photographer, Henri Cartier Bresson. I cannot recommend this movie highly enough. Watch, look, study, listen, and learn from the joyful, passionate master. Every time I watch this movie, I am both inspired and humbled; I love the man, I love the artist, I love the pictures, I love his wisdom.

Some of my favorite quotes from the movie:

  • “You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
  • “That’s photography: seize the moment.”
  • “We aim for balance between eye, mind, and heart. What counts is geometry and structure, everything where it should be. Geometry is the foundation.”
  • “Everything counts.”
  • “I don’t shoot pictures much anymore, at least on the street. I’d rather draw. There’s more involved.” (And here I like to think that M. Cartier-Bresson would have LOVED apping pictures on the iPhone.)

A few other thoughts of his, not from the movie:

“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.” (hello flickr?)

“The photograph itself doesn’t interest me. I want only to capture a minute part of reality.” This is how we begin, capturing the ephemeral nature of reality and with the apps bring forth the truth of the image and of ourselves.

“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” (Truer words were never spoke, nor more appropriate to iPhoneography!)

I do believe M. Cartier-Bresson would have loved, if not embraced, himself, our efforts in creating and developing the new realm of magical realism that is at the heart of our medium, iPhoneography.

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