A Cartier-Bresson documentary.
To wile away a couple of hours being shown his pictures by the great man himself is one of the better things to do with your time.
The documentary is called Henri Cartier-Bresson – The Impassioned Eye and is an orgy of HCB’s pictures, with many interesting tidbits on what was happening at the moment he pressed the button. I am struck again by how special his early (1930s) surrealist vision really was. It’s something which faded over time making his newer pictures mundane by comparison.
If there’s an error it’s the credit for his greatest picture – the man jumping over the puddle. It’s not a 1950s effort – it dates from 1932 and was taken during a time when his vision would forever make Henri Cartier-Bresson the most renowned photographer this world will ever know. And when you listen to the stories behind the pictures of Chanel or Bonnard or the Curies, all will be forgiven.