The Decisive Moment is a photographic aesthetic/ technique conceptualized by the French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. It is the exact moment that all the graphic elements of a picture come together and the photographer takes the picture. Therefore, a photographer must be ready at all times and wait for this moment of perfection. Cartier-Bresson, who started out as a painter, was one of the founding members of Magnum. In his book, The Decisive Moment he wrote “"A velvet hand, a hawk's eye-these we should all have...If the shutter was released at the decisive moment, you have instinctively fixed a geometric pattern without which the photograph would have been both formless and lifeless." He photographed Gandhi on his death bed, along with a slew of other major world events. ( &

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