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Accused Gestapo Informer, Dessau, Germany
Gelatin silver print
In discussing his ideas about composition, Cartier-Bresson stated: "We look at and perceive a photograph . . . all in one glance. In a photograph, composition is the result of a simultaneous coalition, the organic coordination of elements seen by the eye. Composition must have its own inevitability about it . . . at the moment of shooting it can only come from our intuition. . . . If you start cutting or cropping a good photograph, it means death to the geometrically correct interplay of proportions."
Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1952), unp.