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Jon Andersonâ€™s link to the Online Photographer blog (which I had not seen before) brought me to this fascinating interview with Henri Cartier Bresson “here”:http://video.stumbleupon.com/#p=s871p268n3
A one hour interview with the great man (plus Richard Avedon thrown in for good measure!)
What a waste of a very special opportunity. Charlie Roseâ€™s interviewing technique is very â€œFox Newsâ€ and seemed like heâ€™d read up on HCB the night before. The sound quality is awful, so itâ€™s often difficult to catch the answers to many of the very dimwitted questions that Rose throws at THE MAN. The standard stuff.â€you donâ€™t crop your pictures bla ba blaâ€¦â€¦.Whilst talking of Gandhi , HCB says â€œ I had all this stuff in my back pocketâ€ ,Rose chimes in â€œmoney!â€ to which the reply is â€œ no, FILMâ€
The interview is full of similar uninformed errors. David Seymour becomes â€œDavid Chimâ€ at one point!
In his lifetime most people had not even seen a picture of HCB, so to get a whole hour of video is quite astounding .OK, so some younger guys may now think of Bresson as a photography dinosaur, it was still fascinating to get a glimpse of somebody who showed me what beautiful photography can be like. Pity Gene Smith didnâ€™t live longer too!
I have very vague memories of a series of tv interviews with photographerâ€™s ,William Klein etc, talking about contact sheets ( remember them?) which was very well done . Magnum in Motion is doing something along those lines. Yes, photographers tell most about themselves in the pictures they take, but it can interesting to get behind the person sometimes.
A glimpse of the cheaky Frenchman only comes out at the end when , relieved that he is free again, Henri gulps down some red wine and fools around with the empty glass for the still running video camera.
Now a historical document, itâ€™s a pity that it is so awful.