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Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
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In almost every book or assey about HCB, it's mentioned that he seizes the moment. But often, it's not mentioned which "moment". After watching the DVD, you realize that it's the moment when drama, geometry and the story comes together. For a photographer, when you hear this for the first time, it looks quite difficult to come across in a lifetime. But when you start seeing the world with HCB's eyes, you start realizing that it's not that difficult at all but you need to have the right point of view to see it.
In summary, I recomment this DVD to everybody, who is interested in quality photography. And to those who struggle to decide whether photography is art or not.
There is surpringly little meat to this documentary given the fact that they interviewed several other people in addition to Henri Cartier-Bresson himself. I came away not knowing that much more about the man than I did before I watched this DVD.
then, you know we see a lot of people either lost in thought or dozing off into sleep
This is NOT catching them at the decisive moment of which the photographer is famous. In fact we cannot be certain whether he is closing his eyes and waddling his great head in time to the music or simply nodding off to slumberland.
We see the ll known photos merely as represented in books the subjects of interviews are holding, not presented full frame, full screen, and often not at all as they are commented in general
still there are the usual clever aphorisms from HCB, if we could only hear them through the thick sludge of mistranslated English.
Even when they noticed him as a recorder of the visual moment, most remained calm and communicated an agreement with what he was about.
The remarkable part is that he shows this to us with no apparent artifice on his part or that of his subjects.
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Absolutely first-rate. Entertaining, tastefully presented, with wonderful, appropriate music, and commentary by very appropriate, knowledgeable artists.Published 6 months ago by George Beinhorn
If one is interested in this man, it is worthwile and insightful.....Published 10 months ago by R. Micahel Roach
How else could you rate a film about the most wonderful photographer of our century!!!!!Published 21 months ago by Elaine Haines
Henri Cartier-Bresson is a famous French photographer, but the presentation of the photos is not effective. Most are not enlarged and all are black and white. Read morePublished on January 29, 2013 by Zarathustra