"Behind the Gare-Saint-Lazare"
What makes these images so powerful? I think it is all about capturing the feeling at that exact moment. A pioneer in photo-journalism, Henri Cartier-Bresson, often spoke of "the decisive moment". "Photography is not like painting," Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. "Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever." I don't think it can be explained any better.
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