“Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage.” Catherine Douzel
Henri Cartier-Bresson was never interested in being a photojournalist. He captured some of the most important political events of the last century, but he remained committed to a poetic and personal method of choosing the right moment to click the shutter. He called it the decisive moment, not only because the photographer had to choose his composition without hesitation but also because it depicted a turning point. The decisive moment has a lot in common with peripeteia, an ancient Greek term that means the reversal of circumstances in tragic drama. Bresson’s photographs were imaginary voyages because viewers could imagine what could come before and after the decisive moment. His credited intuition and a preoccupation with geometric order as the driving forces behind his instantaneous selection process.