Clayton Cubitt: "On the Constant Moment"

Photo: Clayton Cubitt.

A beautiful and thoughtful essay by Clayton Cubitt on the changing nature of the art of photography.

Henri Cartier-Bresson believed that the photographer is like a hunter, going forth into the wild, armed with quick reflexes and a finely-honed eye, in search of that one moment that most distills the time before him. In this instant the photographer reacts, snatching truth from the timestream in the snare of his shutter. The Decisive Moment is Gestalt psychology married to reflexive performance art in the blink of a mechanical eye. It is the creation of art through the curation of time.