"Photography is not like painting," Henri Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. "There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever."
It’s those little moments that make a photograph so special. This is a great example. Actually this photograph is up there in our top five picks of the images on show at the National Portrait Gallery in their ‘From Beatles to Bowie’ Show
Here’s Tom Jones, in Tony Frank’s beautifully composed 1966 photograph (used on the cover of his album ‘From the Heart’) looking down over the Welsh town of Pontypridd, taking in the sweep of river and railway line.
Here’s how the magic works : see how you are drawn first to the man in black. Then the little bit of brilliance kicks in: look at the way your eye is drawn down in a curve along his leg into the wall, and beyond, onto the railway line and back to his eyeline – a full circle. It’s that little curve in his leg that makes it all work. He didn’t have to stand like that. But he did, and Tony Frank was there for the decisive moment.
Tidy, as Nessa would say. This would look majestic in a large six foot wide size, but you don’t need to go large – it comes in smaller sizes starting with a 20 x 24 inch paper size.
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