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Watermarking the classics

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 17, 2012

What if Andreas Gursky, Garry Winogrand, and Henri Cartier-Bresson put cheesy watermarks all over their photographs?

Cartier Bresson Watermark

(via @jenbee)

We Work Remotely

Ten photography lessons learned from Henri Cartier-Bresson

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 07, 2011

A few things you might learn about photography by following Henri Cartier-Bresson’s example.

4. Stick to one lens
Although Henri Cartier-Bresson shot with several different lenses while on-assignment working for Magnum, he would only shoot with a 50mm if he was shooting for himself. By being faithful to that lens for decades, the camera truly became “an extension of his eye”.

Update: That link is having some trouble so here’s the cached copy from Google.

Infinite Jest, blindly judged

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 11, 2011

Someone at Yahoo Answers posted the first page of Infinite Jest with the title “First page of my book. what do you think?” The crowd was not impressed:

No discernible voice/tone in this writing. Rambling descriptions. I, frankly, do not care where each and every person is seated. I don’t care what shoe you’re wearing. If you take out all the unnecessary details, you’d be left with about seven words.

See also what happens when a photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson gets critiqued on Flickr.

so small

so blurry

to better show a sense of movement SOMETHING has to be in sharp focus

(thx, timothy)

Henri Cartier-Bresson at MoMA

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 09, 2010

I got a look at the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at MoMA the other day and loved it. Seeing his work, especially his earlier on-the-street stuff, makes me want to drop everything and go be a photographer. If you’re into photography at all, this show is pretty much a must-see.

(BTW, I chuckled when I saw this photo on the wall…it was the subject of an epic Flickr prank a few years back.)