I’ve been a fan of the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson since I was 14 years-old. Even at that young age, I realized that there was this “special something” going on in every one of his pictures, but I couldn’t quite figure it out. When I got to college, I learned that it actually had a name – “The Decisive Moment.“
I love street photography that contains “decisive moments.” Those subtle moments in time that could only happen at that very instant, and the photographer – in the role of quiet observer – was able to see the moment approaching, and trip the shutter at the exact right time to record it.
But is the decisive moment dead in modern-day photography?
I decided to look for evidence that it still lives and breathes today, and I’m happy to report that I found it living alive and well all over the world through the eyes and in the hands of many photographers who, no doubt, must love Cartier-Bresson as much as I do.
Here (below) are 9 that I really like – all found within the PhotoShelter community.
Handshake by Max Pasion.
Paris Street Photography by Carl-Johan Westergren.
Tel Aviv by Gregor Schlatte.
Snoozing skater by Paul Treacy.
Italy. Milan. June 2006. by Oliver O’Hanlon.
Woman in New York Subway from Matt Slaby.
Anti-Flirt by Garrett Cheen.
Documentary Images from Stortelling from an Independent Traveler by Crystal Street.
If you’ve spotted (or shot) any cool street photography images, please share them by posting a link below!