Below are some visual analyses of his pictures.
1. Bicycle // Henri Cartier-Bresson 1932, FRANCE. Hyères.
In this case, Henri Cartier-Bresson waited until the bicycle entered his frame.
2. Henri Cartier-Bresson 1932, FRANCE. Paris. The Quai St Bernard, near the Gare d’Austerlitz.
A great example of the subjects in the far right of the frame (in red), and the surrealism of the image (the two men are overlapped, and thus look like one person).
Also I like the repeating diagonal shapes in the frame, and the atmosphere, and the depth of the scene.
3. Henri Cartier-Bresson 1933, SPAIN. Madrid.
One of the most surreal pictures from HCB, also note the layers of the children in the foreground.
4. Henri Cartier-Bresson 1932, FRANCE. Marseille.
5. Henri Cartier-Bresson 1961, GREECE. Cyclades. Island of Siphnos.
Classic Cartier-Bresson composition, once again with the fishing technique — and all the beautiful geometric forms which make the frame. Also note, the depth of the photo — the doors which frame the scene as well.
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