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Henri Cartier Bresson - The Impassioned Eye

Henri Cartier Bresson - The Impassioned Eye

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    The Impassioned Eye is a documentary film about the life and work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. Directed by Heinz Bütler and released in 2003, the film provides an intimate portrait of Cartier-Bresson and delves into his unique approach to photography. 

    The documentary explores Cartier-Bresson's early life and his passion for art, which led him to abandon painting in favor of photography. It showcases his groundbreaking work as a photojournalist, capturing significant events and ordinary moments with a keen eye for composition and decisive moments. The film also highlights Cartier-Bresson's role in the establishment of the renowned photography agency Magnum Photos.

    Through interviews with Cartier-Bresson himself, as well as his friends, family, and fellow photographers, "The Impassioned Eye" offers insights into his philosophy and artistic vision. It explores his belief in capturing the essence of a moment, often referred to as "the decisive moment," and his commitment to documenting the human condition.

    The documentary also touches upon Cartier-Bresson's experiences during World War II and his subsequent travels around the world, which shaped his unique perspective and enriched his photographic portfolio.