Behind the Gare St. Lazare by Henri Cartier-Bresson
This is one of the most famous photos of french photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who pioneered the art of street photography. He said of this picture: There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint-Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped.
His work and his approach have exercised a profound and far-reaching influence. His pictures and picture essays have been published in most of the world’s major magazines during three decades, and Cartier-Bresson prints have hung in the leading art museums of the United States and Europe (his monumental ‘The Decisive Moment’ show being the first photographic exhibit ever to be displayed in the halls of the Louvre). In the practical world of picture marketing, Cartier-Bresson left his imprint as well: he was one of the founders (together with Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, William “Bill” Vandivert, and George Rodger) and a former president of Magnum, a cooperative picture agency of New York and Paris