Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Street Photography
Vivian: You must lift the Leica to take a picture. It draws attention to you.
Henri: And you use a Rolleiflex. Pourquois?
Vivian: I can look down into the viewfinder, the subject is not threatened, sometimes they don’t even know I am taking their photo.
Henri: I see the picture forming through my eye. You see it through your lens.
Vivian: We both have to choose the moment.
Henri: Oui. The decisive moment.
“She could go into a space with a total stranger, get them to accommodate her by being themselves and generate this moment where two presences were kind of vibrating together … and then she’s gone.”