Two more weeks before the closing of ‘Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour’


One of London’s most beautiful and iconic buildings paying homage to one of the greatest photographers of all times; a selection of Cartier-Bresson’s photographs are on display at Somerset House until January 27th.

And as if that wasn’t good enough, it’s also free. No more excuses.

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‘For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.

To take a photograph is to hold one’s breath when all faculties converge in a face of fleeing reality. It is at that moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy.

To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning.

It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis.’

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