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Photography as information

Photography is information, but that leaves the question, what sort of information?

Technically the amount of information in an image can be analysed quite easily by converting the photograph into a compressed image file, such as a Jpeg file. This works because the whole process of compression works by removing redundant or repeated information, only leaving that information which is required to recreate the original photograph. Continue reading Photography as information

Henri Cartier-Bresson and the film L’amour de Court

Watching this film it was interesting to see the man I had read about for many years, in person.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Cartier-Bresson used a small Leica camera, rather than the view cameras of Ansel Adams, and the difference shows in his photographs. Rather than grand vistas with long exposures he was able to take smaller personal photographs, pictures which froze an instant in time.

It was this that inspired his expression “the decisive moment”, although it was actually the English title from his book Images à la sauvette, and was taken from a quotation by Cardinal de Retz, “Il n’y a rien dans ce monde qui n’ait un moment decisif” (“There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment”) (Wikipedia)

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