WHO ARE THEY?
Henri Cartier-Bensson was a French Photographer born on 22nd August, 1908 in Chanteloup-en-brie, France. He was educated in Paris where he developed his love for the arts and literature along with his family members being creative, his great grandfather was an artist and his uncle was a noted printer.
In 1927 he started studying painting under Cubist, André Lhote, he continued this for the next two years then moved to study art and literature at Cambridge University. In 1931 he traveled to Africa where he found his passion for photography.
"I adore shooting photographs, it's like being a hunter. But some hunters are vegetarians - which is my relationship to photography"
WHAT ARE THEY KNOWN FOR?
Henri Cartier Bensson was a street and photojournalism photographer known for traveling around the world and capturing the events that were happening at the time, he was considered on of the major artists of the 20th century. He produced images from some of the biggest events the happened at that time such as the Spanish Civil War and the French uprisings in 1968.
He was also know for not editing his images and believed that the edits should have been done when taking the image. He was drawn to showing the real story about life. When sending his images to editors he would stamp "Do not crop" on the back of them all
WHAT PROCESS ARE THEY KNOW FOR?
Henri Cartier Bresson is known for his black and white street photography (Photojournalism) who documented his current surrounds and events, he applied many different techniques to his images, he tended to focus on geometry which appeared to be what was important to him in his images therefore if you look at most of his images they will include vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, he also incorporated curves, shadows, triangles, circle and squares. He did not believe in editing his images and there for had
EQUIPMENT THE PHOTOGRAPHER USED
While shooting for Magnum he would use a variety of different lens, however when in came to his own work he would only ever use a 50mm lens.
He covered his camera with black paint in order to disguise the shiny parts to it which helped him to appear as just part of a crowd and get images that were not staged
VISUAL EXAMPLES OF THE FINISHED PRINTS
VIDEO THAT EXPLAINS THE PROCESS
HOW TO DIGITALLY EMULATE THE PROCESS
1. Open image in photoshop. 2. Click on Filters then Nik Collection, Silver Efex pro 2. 3. Change the Film type to Ilford HP 5 plus 400, Then you can pick the option that you want to use and change the brightness, contrast and structure depending on how you want your image to look.