Today, fashion street photography is all around us, and it seems fresh, modern and natural – giving us a glimpse into what ‘real’ people are wearing everyday, on the pavements of our city streets.
But it’s a type of photography that’s existed for much longer than the past 10 years. One of the first to pioneer it was Henri Cartier Bresson, a French photographer whose most famous work was from the 1930’s through to after World War Two.
In his work always looked for the ‘decisive moment’ to approach his subjects: for example the middle of a passionate kiss between a sailor returning from war and a nurse on Times Square on V-Day in 1945, or a Texan cook pausing during his work day in 1947.
As the father of photojournalism, was also prolific in his bleaker wartime photos and overseas reportage. Bresson looked for the social, political and artistic movements of our time, in precise and clear images that captures the moment but also the anonymity of everyday life.
An exhibition in Brussels gathers 133 of his pictures. Go before 6th of September in the Jewish Museum to catch a unique collection of this seminal photographer’s impressive oeuvre.