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“The Decisive Moment Revisited” – A Virtual Photography Exhibition by The Ground Glass

“The Decisive Moment Revisited”

Ground Glass “Revisited Series” –  2nd Edition

A Virtual Photography Exhibit

The Ground Glass, a Westchester-based association of fine art photographers, will be hosting “The Decisive Moment Revisited,” a virtual photography exhibit inspired by the works of famous photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

“Revisited” is a theme concept challenging members of The Ground Glass to create new work inspired by famous photographers.  Last year The Ground Glass presented the exhibit, “Pepper No. 30 Revisited,” in which members created interpretational work inspired by Edward Weston’s iconic Pepper #30 image.  The first annual “Revisited” exhibit was held at the Friends Gallery of The North Castle Public Library.   This year, members accepted a similar challenge to present and exhibit their work inspired by Cartier-Bresson. The exhibit was again scheduled at the Friends Gallery.  However, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the exhibit will be virtual.

More often than not, great photographs are found at the intersection where preparation meets chance. A photographic equation, that when practiced with diligence and craftsmanship, is often referred to as “the decisive moment,” a term often attributed to French street photographer and Magnum Photo co-founder, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004).

While it is true that much of his artistic vision and genius hinges on such an approach, it was not Cartier Bresson who actually coined the phrase. Its first use comes from another Frenchman, the 17th century Cardinal de Retz, who said, “There is nothing in this world that does not have a decisive moment, and the masterpiece of good ruling is to know and seize this moment”. The term “decisive moment” was later adopted as the title of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s seminal photography book.

The concept, as it applies to the photographic process, is best summed up in Cartier-Bresson’s own words: “Photography is not like painting. There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oops! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”

“The Decisive Moment Revisited”
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photo credit:  Rita Baunok

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 - Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Times: All Day

Ticket pricing:
Free event

Presenter: The Ground Glass
Presenter Phone: 914-582-0584
Presenter Website: www.thegroundglass.org

Sponsor Message

The Ground Glass, established in 1975, is an independent association dedicated to promoting the practice and appreciation of fine art photography in Westchester County, NY, and Fairfield County, CT. It serves as a forum for photographers to express ideas, share technical information and participate in juried exhibitions. The group also addresses issues concerning photography through lectures, demonstrations and workshops. It meets monthly at the Rye Arts Center.