This book matters

Updated: Apr 6, 2018

One of the reasons I'm grateful I'm alive today. I have one of the most important books in the history of photography. This is what made the discipline special and different from anything that had come before.

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s, The Decisive Moment—French title, Images à la Sauvette—has all the guidance and insights an aspiring street photographer (and seasoned ones) need. Published in 1952 and reprinted in 2014 by Steidl. It has 126 photographs taken by Cartier-Bresson (between 1932 and 1952) that forever changed photography.

Every unexpected moment can never be recreated, it can only be retold by a photograph. This book is about trusting our instinct, and capturing the beauty of chance. For aspiring street photographers, it is suitable to start with this iconic book for higher learnings.


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