Best of Photo Challenge: Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson!

Posted by Darlene Bouchard — 28 May 2010

Henri Cartier-Bresson has been an influence on photography for decades, so for this photo challenge we asked you to show us how he's inspired you. Your fantastic entries captured society, and of course, the decisive moment, and made it evident that Henri Cartier-Bresson continues to inspire photographers to this day.

This photo challenge celebrates the first major U.S. retrospective in three decades of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work at the Museum of Modern Art New York. The exhibition includes 300 photographs, more than a fifth of which were previously unknown to the public, that one lucky member gets to go see and document for JPG Magazine!

So without further adieu, here is the grand prize winner and all the finalists for Photo Challenge: Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson!

The finalists for Photo Challenge: Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson:

Boy at Id prayer by Kushal Gangopadhyay

"From the day I took up a camera, Henri Cartier-Bresson was my Guru and unseen mentor whose photographs guided me how to capture the 'decisive moments' of life..."

Light Hole by Andreas Katsakos

"'Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative," he said. The woman is walking towards the shadow man and the hole is like a light-spot on her movement. Will she meet him and stop or keep walking?"

Lonely Notes by Julio Roman

"I was influenced by Henri Cartier-Bresson by the greatness of street photography and how it can express and capture so many feelings and tell a story from such little information."

Boys by David Procter

"Adding a photograph to anywhere near (Henri Cartier-Bresson's) name feels a little ridiculous such is his genius and influence on the craft. I have learned lots from his photographs in terms of composition, geometry and of course the decisive moment."

Three of a Kind by Wyn Lovoto

"HCB inspired me in taking this picture as I waited patiently and low-profile until the right moment arose: lighting, poses, expressions, composition all came together during a very short moment of time. Click!"

Antonina by Manolo Almeida

"...BressonĀ“s images show me how to see the simple people of one particular way."

Untitled by Nema' Etebar

"Henri Cartier-Bresson::::a truly great photographer. He had a way of capturing timeless moments. I respect his perspective a great deal."

Modern Women at Play by Leanna Lomanski

"What strikes me about HCB's work is the seemingly effortless capture of candid moments that seem to have deeper meaning and the beautiful tones and light. I chose this photo because of the candidness and connection of the girls, the movement and frozen movement and because I love the light here."

I'm a Sailor Momma by Lanis Rossi

"...I have viewed in awe (Henri Cartier-Bresson) many interpretive real life reportage of street photography. I as many have been influenced by his works. On a recent tour of France I was inspired by him many times while taking my photo shots of daily life in France."

The winner of Photo Challenge: Inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson:
Washing Off by Nathan Weyland

"...Henri Cartier-Bresson called it the 'decisive moment' - that fraction of a second which can reveal the character of your subjects and the emotion of the moment. This approach is ingrained and instinctual among photojournalists and documentary photographers such as myself. So pervasive is his influence, I never leave for a shoot without Bresson in the bag."

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