The advent of small, fast, hand-held cameras allowed photographers like Cartier-Bresson to isolate from the routine occurrences of daily life moments pregnant with a hidden poetry. The resulting images are seldom unequivocal. Has this child been stabbed, or is he in the throes of an ecstatic dance? Actually, he is arching his back to catch sight of a ball, but the photographer translated his play into an image of rapture.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson; [...]; Nina Rosenwald; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, January 10, 1978