|Breaking down the composition of one of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s most famous images. Photo: Magnum Photos, screenshot from video|
Henri Cartier-Bresson—the father of modern day street photography and master of the candid shot—was obsessive about the ‘geometry’ in his photographs. And in this two-part educational series, photographer Tavis Leaf Glover dives into some of Bresson’s best-known images to explain the dynamic symmetry at work and help you understand (and implement) it in your own photos.
This is NOT a beginner’s guide to composition. To the untrained (and many a trained) eye it can just look like Glover is overlaying so many lines onto each image that SOMEthing is going to line up no matter what. But for all that he coined the term the Decisive Moment, Bresson was extremely deliberate about his compositions.
Both videos dive into that deliberate vision—the way the iconic photographer saw the world around him and fit it into the 35mm frame just so. Check out both parts below, and then let us know what you think in the comments.