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Inspiring Artist of the Day - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Why inspiring for me as an artist?

I love the fact that his photographs are not cropped, what he saw through the view finder is exactly what you see in the printed photograph, and that he believed in composing that image in the viewfinder, he had an artists eye and evinced by the quotes below:

"Technique is important only insofar as you must master it in order to communicate what you see... The camera for us is a tool, not a pretty mechanical toy. In the precise functioning of the mechanical object perhaps there is an unconscious compensation for the anxieties and uncertainties of daily endeavour. In any case, people think far too much about techniques and not enough about seeing."

"In photography, the smallest thing can be a great subject. The little human detail can become a leitmotiv."

You can apply both of these to any other form of art.

For those interested in the technical stuff: Bresson used a Leica 35 mm rangefinder camera fitted with a normal 50 mm lens, or occasionally a wide-angle lens for landscapes, with fast black and white film and sharp lenses and he never used a flash.

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