In his iconic photograph Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare, Paris
(1932) a certain synchronicity of form and balance of composition crystallize, and the photograph clearly articulates Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moment.” Cartier-Bresson’s sensitivity to light and form was unparalleled, and he proved that brilliantly organized, precisely rendered photographs could make time stand still. The arc of a man´s leg as he leaps across a shallow body of water echoes certain structural appendages of a wrought iron gate and sloping rooftops in the background. Employing what Martine Franck, his wife and a fellow photographer, described
as an “intimate intuition,” Cartier-Bresson excelled at framing truncated scenes as elegant reflections of the human condition. A jaunt across the street seems balletic, and a simple portrait takes on a poetic quality.