Everyone’s heard of Henri Cartier-Bresson Right 2

To quote Henri Cartier-Bresson “For me photography has not changed except in its technical aspects”.

For me I take HCB to mean that there is a difference in thinking and operation between creating a photography and the techique of recording the idea with a camera. By may 2007 I had paraphrased HCB’s quote to “Photography has nothing to do with cameras and computers”.

This is a follow on post from the previous post of the same name made a month or two ago. I have typed out the points as noted in my Photography Journal from June 2006 for those interested in the why instead of the how.



  • Why?
  • Who is the photo for?
  • What is the attraction?
  • What – the subject choice
  • Where
  • Recognition of relationships
  • When
  • Lighting
  • What is being communicated?
  • Feeling
  • Sensitivity
  • Observation
  • Abstraction
  • Expression
  • Imagination
  • Intuition
  • Exploration of ideas
  • Subjectivity
  • Creativity
  • Self-expression
  • Becoming one’s self
  • Journey of discovery
  • Refinement of vision
  • Understanding of one’s self



  • How
  • Composition
  • Decisive moment
  • Balance
  • Focus
  • Exposure
  • Multiple Exposure
  • Depth of Field
  • Lens choice
  • Camera choice
  • Film / Digital
  • Colour / Monochrome
  • Filters
  • Printing effects
  • Presentation

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2011

4 responses to Everyone’s heard of Henri Cartier-Bresson Right 2

    • andybeel says:

      Hi – thanks for the encouraging words. Its said that a colour photograph describes the colour of a mans shirt, but a black and white photo describes his soul.


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