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Old 1 Day Ago   #81
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HCB, because I am convinced that he set up many of his so called "decisive moment" shots. Anyone that has shot street, especially w/ a manual focus camera, understands that some of his shots could only have been made this way. It is just not possible for that many images to have been made on the fly, good photographer or not. Even luck could not have made it possible.

In the end of course, who cares how he made them? A good shot is a good shot, but the whole legendary thing is simply a marketing art-world way to get more money for the works (not for him, he's dead, but for those in the art world that are making a buck off old already created images).
That seems a really uninformed take on HCB, and the art market, and especially odd in HCB's case, considering his well known position regarding sales.

"I, Henri Cartier-Bresson, residing in Paris at 198 rue de Rivoli, 75001, declare the following – I have always signed and dedicated my photographic prints to those whom they are offered to – all other prints marked with a “Magnum Photos” stamp or my name, “Henri Cartier-Bresson”, are exclusively my personal property. All persons in possession of the later cannot be considered the true proprietors of these prints."

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...Anyone that has shot street, especially w/ a manual focus camera, understands that some of his shots could only have been made this way...
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Examples, please?
It doesn't take long to confirm how zone focus is used by hitting a few websites with emphasis on "street photography" (Gawd, I hate that term!). It has been a common practice for many years, turning your multi-thousand dollar Leica outfit into a fixed focus point and shoot. I've seen it mentioned in interviews with Eggleston, Wessel, Meyerowitz, etc. As for HCB, you might notice some of his photos are a little soft in the focus department, likely due to the subject being just out of the zone.
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An addition to my previous post:

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It doesn't take long to confirm how zone focus is used by hitting a few websites with emphasis on "street photography" (Gawd, I hate that term!). It has been a common practice for many years, turning your multi-thousand dollar Leica outfit into a fixed focus point and shoot. I've seen it mentioned in interviews with Eggleston, Wessel, Meyerowitz, etc. As for HCB, you might notice some of his photos are a little soft in the focus department, likely due to the subject being just out of the zone.
Maybe I misunderstood him. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding you. I think he was saying that many of C-B's photographs had to have been staged.
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Maybe I misunderstood him. Or maybe I'm misunderstanding you. I think he was saying that many of C-B's photographs had to have been staged.
...could be I misunderstood everyone.

Never mind.

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Moose Peterson or Neil Leifer

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HCB, because I am convinced that he set up many of his so called "decisive moment" shots. Anyone that has shot street, especially w/ a manual focus camera, understands that some of his shots could only have been made this way. It is just not possible for that many images to have been made on the fly, good photographer or not. Even luck could not have made it possible.
So you have never used DoF scales? I use them all the time. Just because you can't do it doesn't mean that he didn't do it and that it can't be done.
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So you have never used DoF scales? I use them all the time. Just because you can't do it doesn't mean that he didn't do it and that it can't be done.

Not to mention that HCB would have spent so much time with that camera in his hand that the focus point for any scene would have existed in a zone controlled by his eye, mind and muscle memory ... and that would allow him to have the lens in pretty much the correct position by the time the camera reached his eye. This is a skill that many of us will never develop because we are constantly changing our gear.
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I've had the pleasure to hang out with Jay Dusard, & would enjoy doing so again. Also I would have loved to have spent a day with Robert Doisneau.
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Most of the famous or semi famous photographers that I have met have been after shows or friend of friend type things. Photographers rarely discuss photography which the average Joe doesn't really get. I really don't harbor any fan feelings for any living photographers. If I could transport back in time, it would be cool to have met Weston. I wouldn't have minded meeting Newton, though I would guess he would have been a bit of an ass. Avedon could've been interesting. I wouldn't have minded witnessing Capa on D-day just to see how much of a chicken-**** he was. Total con artist. Penn in the studio would have been great. The only living photographer that I would be somewhat interested in is Gibson, but it would have been decades ago. These days, not so much... Actually now that I think about it, I would love to meet Corbijn. I think he would be and interesting guy, and not full of himself.
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I wouldn't have minded witnessing Capa on D-day just to see how much of a chicken-**** he was. Total con artist.
How is this a thing?
I'm thinking anyone who volunteered to be on that beach that day has got more stones than pretty much anyone else.

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Okay, here's my picks...

Ralph Gibson..for some reason, whenever I see his pictures,I hear that strange brooding music from the original "Outer Limits'.

Rene Gelpi-does anybody know what ever happened to this guy ? He was in Pop Photo twice and then vanished from sight.
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How is this a thing?
I'm thinking anyone who volunteered to be on that beach that day has got more stones than pretty much anyone else.

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Oh wow Phil; and how I do agree with your reply. Another photographer that was in Europe and the Japan one, was Sgt. William Genaust; who died in Iwo when he entered the cave, and his body never found. Absolutely no chicken in these men.
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I would probably have to go with Michael Kenna, if for nothing more than to "see how he sees" if that makes sense. I see him as being someone I could learn endlessly from, specifically how he isolates elements from larger scenes, thats something I continue to struggle with from a composition perspective.
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The English photographer - James Ravilious
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