Henri Cartier-Bresson, the great French photographer, was famous for coining the term “decisive moment” in photography. This fleeting moment captured daily experience in the photographic image. There are decisive moments in one’s life as well. In 1932, a photograph by Martin Munkácsi inspired Cartier-Bresson to become a photographer. He stated in later years, “I must say that it is that very photograph which was for me the spark that set fire to fireworks. I couldn’t believe such a thing could be caught with the camera. I said, ‘Damn it,’ took my camera and went out into the street.”
The photograph, Boys Running into the Surf at Lanke Tangayika is part of the MIA’s photography collection. Leave a comment to let me know if you want to see it in the galleries soon.