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Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Early Work

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In 1932, at age 24, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) acquired a Leica camera—now legendary thanks to him—which became an extension of his eye. At the same time, he took his first major trips to Paris, spending time with the Surrealists. He trained at the academy of the painter André Lhote, who taught him the rules of geometry and composition. Abandoning drawing and painting for photography, he decided to observe the world through the lens of his Leica. He captured reality with dynamic framing based both on chance and the golden ratio.

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