Henri Cartier-Bresson famously defined a style and theory
of photography with the phrase "the decisive moment.”
He explained, "It is the simultaneous recognition, in a
fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well
as a precise organization of forms, which give that event its
proper expression." Generations of photographers have
taken his words to heart, shooting frames with this sort of
composition in mind. This gallery presents great “decisive
moments” in time, as captured by Magnum photographers.
PARIS—Place de l’Europe, Gare St. Lazare, 1932.
Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson writes, “There was a
plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare St.
Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap
in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped.
The space between the planks was not entirely wide enough
for my lens, which is the reason why the picture is cut off on
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