Paris in Black and White

Last weekend I went to see the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the Pompidou Center (which looks cool from the outside but reminds me of a movie theatre lobby on the inside). I’m going to go off on a quick tangent about this guy – he was born in 1908 and died in 2004. He lived for almost 100 years and got to see the biggest events of the last century in person. Not only was he a talented photographer, but he was also a reporter who covered major political and cultural changes like WWII (during which he was taken prisoner for 3 years) the Chinese revolution (and actually a lot of other revolutions all over the world) and met people like Ghandi, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara.

What made an impression on me was that he said that he didn’t like colour photography and preferred black and white (he switched to colour out of professional necessity). I always forget about this option and for a beginner like me, it’s a nice way to turn an average colour photo into something a bit punchier.