One Hell of An Eye
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. He was an early adopter of 35mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the “street photography” or “real life reportage” style.

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The inspiration is Cartier-Bresson; the photos that follow are some of mine…enjoy. M.S.

 

 

Apparently he’s not amused by the mockery.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Is that the size of your chinchilla or are you just happy to see us, Doctor Richardson?

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Balkan eyes.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Midnight in the Twilight Zone.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Funeral cortege. Granada, Nicaragua.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)



Which twin has the Toni?

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

La Famille Jacques.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Cor blimey, there’s the bloody lion!

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Decisive moment. Paris.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Can we  get the standard shift instead?

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

La Dolce Vida.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

L.A. County Fair.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

Nun, Nixon, Naples.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

A couple of wild and crazy guys hittin’ on the help.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

 

Ben Her.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

 

Cold War Communist country hotel interior decorating?

Apparently the party spared the expense.

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

 

 

(photo by Mike Salisbury)

To be continued…

Comments:

Happy New Year, Mike. Love the pics. I really liked the World’s Automatic Bible counter. Looks like they are waiting for their fries while hearing a quick reading! Mark A.

The best of white trash! MS

As for “Apparently he’s not amused,” who’s that, anyway? Tim G.

Some old guy in an amusement park in England. MS

Cartier-Bresson’s stuff so often stops me with a clunk…pensive, and what the heck? When book scouting, I learned the names to buy at the time: his, Brassai, Yousouf Karsh. I got my first copy of The Decisive Moment, awful spine with loads of tape, which in the hotel room that night I sozzled in lighter fluid. Your page always gets me thinking. Thanks! Joe T.

Thanks, Joe. It is a good book. MS

Thanks, Mike. I enjoy your postings so much. Cartier-Bresson (along with Diana Arbus) are among my favorite photographers of the “common man.” Fred D.

So please do tell, what is with you + photography? Yeah I know, you were shooting even 20 years before you were my teacher @ ACCD. And for many designers, art + creative directors who hire + supervise photography in their work, shooting their own is to many, just an extension of it. But with digital, it has gotten a bit dangerous in blurring the lines. The reality is that I cannot do what you do and you cannot do what I do. I see it as both are OK + neither is a problem. But unlike yourself, who actually does indeed have a very keen eye for so many different creative media, most folks really do not. The other reality is sad, as today, every asshole who grows a beard + next goes to Costco to buy a digital SLR, actually does truly believe they can do what I do. Photography, like law + medicine, is a biz we call “practicing”. I did professional work before ACCD, so I was allowed to start as a 2nd semester student. I grad. (next month) 36 years ago + honestly am still practicing + improving all the time. I now do a such a better job in 2 hrs. than I did in 2 days as student from of all this practice.

Unarguably, H.C. Bresson was a seminal figure in modern photojournalism + yes, he made many memorable images. My beef with the guy is that as I know it, he was born with the silver spoon in his mouth. That begs the question, what if any of us never had to pay any dues, never shoot ugly little electronic widgets on white seamless for some little agency in O.C. nobody every heard of, for a very ugly ad nobody will see except those who subscribed to “Weirdo Nerd Electronics Parts Magazine”, but the $2,500 fee + expenses was much needed to keep our even a modest little studio going? If we all had the opportunity to wake up each morning, just stroll around the park with our Leica M3’s (because they are near silent) looking for things that catch our eye without other responsibilities, I’ll bet it that even the Average Joe might come up with much of what your buddy, Henri did. Unlike so many of the rich shits who were your students, I worked many crap jobs like selling cameras with a necktie on every weekend at 2 Dept. stores, later a camera shop, all at min. wage. Also a B&W lab, where I was the “Print Wash + Dry Boy”, the lowest ranking employee. There my nails turned dark yellow from all the “Fixer”, not because of any lack of personal hygiene. I was thrilled just to be working in the field anyway I could. While my oldest buddy since elementary school, Kevin, worked at Jack in the Box graveyard shift wearing a hair net under a silly paper hat, while he was in college. I always stayed out of ACCD during the summers to work full time to save dough for my school assignments. Am I bitter? Not a bit. A little jealous? OK, you win……… maybe just a little. But working hard never ruined anybody; it made + keeps us humble. Keep up the good work + Happy New Year.  Pete B.

Thanks, Pete. MS

Mike, thanks for your picture posts. They help me begin to recognize things. It’s easier to see it once it’s caught and delivered. But when I ride the earth, I feel like I begin to see things as a result of being shown patterns once only recognized by others. Life’s more fun.  Mark H.

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16 Responses to “Observations of One Hell of An Eye”

  • Linda Fisher Kaletsky Says:

    Lots of people have been to interesting places, hold jobs that expose them to a myriad of wonderous activity, educated themselves in both enlightened and aesthetic ways. I’ve found it’s not so much about where you’ve been (even if it’s just to the corner). It’s more about what you take away. You can take people’s breath away, Mike!

    MS Reply:

    thanks linda..

  • Linda Fisher Kaletsky Says:

    Lots of people have been to interesting places, hold jobs that expose them to a myriad of wonderous activity, educated themselves in both enlightened and aesthetic ways. I’ve found it’s not so much about where you’ve been (even if it’s just to the corner). It’s more about what you take away. You are so original and gifted, Mike, you can just take people’s breath away!

  • Alan Metter Says:

    A style, a point of view emerges and i begin to see the world a little bit through your eyes…

  • Sandy Creighton Says:

    Haven’t heard from you in a while. Hope all is well and you have a great 2011!!

    MS Reply:

    hi sandy. doing well and you guys?

  • Eric Pott Says:

    Mike you’ve alway been able to expose the uniqueness of our world through absurdities, juxtaposition and details. Youv’e got one hell of an eye !
    Eric

    MS Reply:

    thanks erici!!

  • Eric Pott Says:

    Mike,
    Your “L.A. County Fair” shot looks like a Diane Arbus shot of Motown wannabes if Motown was in East L.A.

    MS Reply:

    that’s good eric!!

  • José Cruz Says:

    Mike, you are the Man for all Seasons!
    You amaze the fuck out of me with your sh!t that if you weren’t there it would have all been lost!
    Thanx for all the inspiration!

    MS Reply:

    thank you very much jose. means a lot.

  • monty m Says:

    Interesting layout on your blog. I really enjoyed scrolling through these photographs. I will be back to read more in the future.

    MS Reply:

    glad to have you here.

  • zapalniczka Says:

    I think other site proprietors should take this website as an model, very clean and great user friendly style and design, as well as the content. You are an expert in this topic!

    MS Reply:

    thank you.