Originally Posted by Finder
Why does Cartier-Bresson have to be be put on a pedestal.?.....
He doesn't, and from what I heard out of his mouth, he did not expect it nor demand it. However, he was a brilliant photographer who was able to meld art and reportage.
I have seen a substantial number of his photographs first hand, and of course in print.
The work is simply impressive.
Folks seem to be dwelling on the so called "technical qualities", that have somehow been granted more validity and value than they are worth, "it was not an issue", is a sufficient answer, as the technical quality of his work is in fact very good.
I will confess, that I do often think of the technical quality of work put up for exhibit, it is part of a process I have of seeing the work.
However, what we might talk about today in terms of the zenith of technical quality in terms of equipment and processing, certainly was not dominant in my vision when standing a few feet from excellent work. The subject did not overpower a sea of technical faults, there was no sea of technical faults.
I have had friends who had a good laugh at themselves as they set out to first wring all the technical quality out of their work, before establishing a vision of what they wanted to express.
Some accomplished the "greatest" of technical quality without ever coming close to a fine image. They framed the letter from Ansel Adams who said so commenting on the image they sent to him.
First, in spite of his available equipment, HCB seems to have gotten down the --where to stand and what to put in the frame --issues.
Most of what I have seen appear to have been printed full frame.
The best AF/AE/ and sharpest equipment cannot substitute for that.
He did not process his film and I get the feeling that that fact seems to somehow lessen the "credit" for the quality of his work, for some.
I would love to have a master personal printer to finish my work,
they are few in number, and expensive, but I could manage what I have much more efficiently.
I would add that the original commenter who asked the focus question knows little about photography or art for that matter.