Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vivian Maier, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Street Photography

Vivian discute la photographie de rue avec Henri...

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.”


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