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Meeting Henri Cartier-Bresson

"He had an old, rugged fisherman's coat, with a camera underneath, and another camera around his neck, without the lens," recalls Andrei Pandele, a Romanian architect and photographer who was lucky enough to meet the master photographer. Watch as he shares the stories behind some of the iconic photos Catier-Bresson took as they toured Bucharest in May 1975.

Meeting Henri Cartier Bresson screencap via YouTube

When the Secretary of the Romanian Photographers Association asks you to be the tour guide for a legendary photographer, what do you do? A young Pandele, architect and then part-time photographer, said “Of course!” when Silviu Comanescu instructed him to show Henri Cartier-Bresson around Bucharest, the country’s capital. This was in May 1975.

“At first glance, I was expecting him to be a bigger man,” quips Pandele, recalling how ordinary the master lensman looked. In the video below, he details the days they spent walking around the city, observing how quietly and inconspicuously Cartier-Bresson worked, revisiting the same spots they went to.

“While a documentary on monsieur Cartier-Bresson would talk about his history, and the fact that he was the master of the candid shot, Mr. Pandele actually saw the man in action and talks about it with awe to this day. Being a fellow photographer, Pandele zeroes in on and points out the most interesting, important and fascinating characteristics of the photography legend.”

There’s much to be learned from the clip which includes Leica-shot images by Cartier-Bresson as well as Pandele. It’s interesting to hear these kinds of stories first-hand from someone who you could say briefly “apprenticed” under the French photographer.

The lesson? Never take those run-ins with experienced shutterbugs for granted. You never know, today’s LomoAmigos could be tomorrow’s Masters!

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written by denisesanjose

2 comments

  1. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    Another great story from my fave writer ;) I hope one day I get the same chance with hodachrome when he came to Bandung, Indonesia =D

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  2. hervinsyah

    hervinsyah

    Another great story from my fave writer ;) I hope one day I get the same chance with hodachrome when he came to Bandung, Indonesia =D

    about 2 years ago · report as spam

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