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Henri Cartier-Bresson
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Photographer
    (August 22, 1908-August 3, 2004)
    Born in Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
    Known for his candid photographs
    Considered a father of modern photojournalism
    Published the collections 'The Decisive Moment' (1952), 'People of Moscow' (1955), 'China in Transition' (1956), 'Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art' (1966), 'Man and Machine' (1969), 'The Face of Asia' (1972), 'Photoportraits' (1985), 'America in Passing' (1991), 'The Mind's Eye' (1999) and 'The Man, the Image and the World' (2003)
    He liked to boast about being descended from assassin Charlotte Corday.
    He spent a year in Africa as a big-game hunter (1931).
    He helped Jean Renoir make a film for the Communist party denouncing France's 200 leading families, including his own.
    His second wife was three decades younger than him.
    He hated being photographed so much that when he accepted an honorary degree from Oxford (1975) he held a paper in front of his face to keep people from taking his picture.
    Despite his left-wing views, he never joined the Communist Party.
    He was captured and imprisoned by the Nazis in World War II.
    He escaped on his third attempt and joined the resistance movement, aiding escapees and secretly documenting the occupation and then liberation of France.
    He took the last picture of Mahatma Gandhi before his assassination.
    He said, 'There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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