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Le moment decisif  is a Bressonism [I invented this word over a year ago] meaning the “decisive moment at which the elements in motion come together and are in complete balance, thus reflecting the every day and revealing something of the nature of life.” 

And I’m having a decisive moment at this very moment. I am relinking the 2003 Vanity Fair  interview with Henri Cartier-Bresson under Saint-Lazare Station. It was reprinted in Digital Journalist in December 2004 with this introduction:

Of all the masters of the camera who passed away this year, none was as influential or renowned as Henri Cartier-Bresson, among the towering figures of 20th-century photography. As we look back on the milestones of 2004, it seems fitting to pay homage to H.C.B., who died in August at age 95. Below, we reprise an article written for Vanity Fair by the magazine’s editor of creative development, David Friend, a frequent contributor to The Digital Journalist. The piece, published in March of 2003, was the first major profile that Cartier-Bresson had granted in years. The occasion: the opening of the photographer’s foundation in Paris.

Behind Saint-Lazare Station – Paris 1932 by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Cartier-Bresson’s Decisive Moment by David Friend

“There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint 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 the left.” — H.C.B.

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