Grey, Blurry, Small, Odd Crop


What happens when a photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson gets uploaded anonymously to a Flickr group for some feedback?

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“When everything is blurred you cannot convey the motion of the bicyclist. On the other hand, if the bicyclist is not the subject – what was?” and “It’s just very awful”

“grey, blurry, small, odd crop”

“bit too blurred to be worth a save from me”

Man, those grey-ish black and white photos. Via Jason Kottke. Read these and more comments on Flickr.

What do you think?

2011-04-12 #lifestyle


  1. mandi
    mandi ·

    ahahaaahahahahaahha. i LOVE this shot! but i know that some people just don't understand the importance of "imperfection". (the same shot without blur might would be plain boring)

  2. stouf
    stouf ·


  3. kiwikoh
    kiwikoh ·

    Art is very subjective and can't be judge by any rules or guidelines. It is something human express themselves from inside to outside. I think they just a bunch of wannabes who follow everything on the books.

  4. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    i would call it dynamic :)

  5. woollographer
    woollographer ·

    Next time someone calls my lomographs blurry, dark or just rubbish, I'll refer them to this article.

  6. fedaste
    fedaste ·


  7. adi_totp
    adi_totp ·


  8. gabrielasoares
    gabrielasoares ·

    LOL it's funny cause this is one of the best and my favorite Henri Cartier Bresson's photo!

  9. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    ha ha ha, this is one of my very favorite shots of HCB!! :))

  10. lomodesbro
    lomodesbro ·

    Small, grey.blurry, I love it

  11. flash2424
    flash2424 ·

    one of the best photos ever! an early masterpiece of street photography. I had an opportunity to buy a print about 20 years ago at what then was an affordable price. i passed on it because of the frown my ex-wife made and regret it every time I see it

  12. fash_on
    fash_on ·

    one of my fav's too :)

  13. photochrom
    photochrom ·

    Unbelievable! ;))

  14. susielomovitz
    susielomovitz ·

    love it!

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