How do you know when to press the shutter of your camera? How do you know when you need to take a photograph? How do you decide that this is the moment? This is it! I just have to take a photo.
This is what the French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson was calling the Decisive Moment. That moment of perfect position of the person that it’s being photograph in relation to the perfect position of the photographer that takes the photo. It all has to come together perfectly. And this is just a click, a moment, a split of a second.
Henri Cartier Bresson was a French photographer, born in 1908. He is considered the master of candid photography and he was one of the founding members of Magnum Photos. But what he’s famous for is this concept of decisive moment that produces a lovely candid photo.