Art / Photography

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Hyères

It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera…

they are made with the eye, heart and head.”

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Hi guys!

I thought it could be a nice idea to introduce to you some of the most famous photographers in our world and have a look at the pictures that best represent each of them.

To begin with this series of posts I have chosen Henri Cartier-Bresson and his picture “Hyères” of 1932.

Bresson, a French photographer of 20th century, was originally a painter, but in 1931, after returning from a travel, became interested in photography. He was called the “eye of the century” for his incredible ability to capture  the most important moments in life, which he called “the decisive moment“. As he said,

“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”

While most photographers spoke about the camera as an instrument, Henri Cartier-Bresson created a new view of the world through his camera.

Henri Cartier-Bresson created a whole new style in photography, usually called “street photography” or “life reportage”.

The photo below shows Hyeres, one of his most famous pictures.


It seems a normal picture at first sight, but consider all its elements:

  • the strong geometric strictness in the stairs
  • the line of the handrail and sidewalk bring our eyes on the man on the bicycle, highlighted by the contrast of his figure with the white floor
  • the opposite direction of the stairs and the cyclist

Do you like it?