Cartier-Bresson at West Vancouver Museum

July 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

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A rare exhibition of 25 plates of French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson runs at the West Vancouver Museum through August 28. The photographs were selected from the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada and date from the 1930s and 40s. Master of the Instant includes highlights of Cartier-Bresson’s work like the widely recognizable Behind Gare St. Lazare that for me defines his quote about the decisive moment: the puddle-jumper is caught in mid-air while his image is reflected in the water below. His ability to capture a crucial moment has many more examples throughout his extensive body of work.

There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment.

Cartier-Bresson, quoting 17th-century Cardinal de Retz on the preface of his 1952 book The Decisive Moment.

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