Decisive Moment

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s contribution to his medium is immeasurable. From his determinedly humanist approach to capturing a scene, to a profound advancement of street photography, the French image-maker transformed photojournalism over the course of his long and prolific life and left behind a body of work incomparable in depth and breadth. Perhaps most influential of all, however, is his belief in the decisive moment – that one split second in which one captures a minute human detail distilling the importance of human experience. “Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing,” he once said, “and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again”.