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On Henri Cartier-Bresson

Yesterday, I stopped into my local library, hoping to find a book of Henri Cartier-Bresson's photography. I had my 1936 Leica IIIa with me. This beautiful instrument was handed down from my grandfather who brought it to the US when the political scene in Germany got out of hand in the late 1930's. I was happy to find two big books of Cartier-Bresson's work in the library. I was just a little shocked that I could actually take them for a while for free.

I brought them home and sat down at the dining room table for an initial browse. HCB's talent is unmistakable. His images are stunning, humbling, and as a photographer with an interest in street photography, inspirational.

Every photographer should do this. Go to the library. Take out a photography book by an artist that takes photos of the kind you like to take. Or just browse the selection, and look for something inspirational. As soon as you find one, stop and take it home. There's too many and you'll get lost and overwhelmed if you keep looking. Take one or two home and savor them. These books beat the internet by a long mile. They are gorgeously printed. It's a highly visceral sensation to wade through these images on fine paper. Do this, and I'm sure you'll do it again. I know I'll be back for more.


(I think I'm covered by Fair Use doctrine here.)