“Would Henri Cartier-Bresson use an iphone to capture decisive moments if he lived in this day and age?”

This is in response to a blog post by Tamara Voninksi over at Life @ Random

Tamara poses the question, “Would Henri Cartier-Bresson use an iphone to capture decisive moments if he lived in this day and age?”

Of course it does not matter what tool is being used, it is the photographer’s voice that set him/her apart from the next guy walking down the street with a camera.

I was thinking about this and we’ll never know if Bresson would use a phone or not but I think as photographers, we should be asking a different question. I will keep this short and straight to the point, mostly because I’m a crappy writer, so hopefully this all makes sense.The question I want to pose is, “Would Henri Cartier-Bresson be still capturing the decisive moment if he lived this day and age?”

Let me explain. Bresson was a pioneer of photography for his time. A time when walking around with a small black camera didn’t exist. Travelling and capturing the world one decisive moment at a time and then sharing those images with people who had never seen such wonders.

In today’s world, everyone has traveled. The online and digital media-scape is suffering from stylistic and image exhaustion. Would Bresson be adding to this magnitude of imagery or as a pioneer of documentary photography and photojournalism would he be thinking about photography in a completely different way.

Just like Winogrand was a pioneer for his time or even Eggleston “at war with the obvious” made way for millions of photographs of the mundane. It is just something I have been thinking about with my work and why I have started experimenting a little more, not just for the sake of being different but just to keep myself interested in the medium.

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