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The American Journal of Semiotics

Volume 25, Issue 3/4, 2009

A. Hénault
Pages 21-40

On the French Photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson

This article proceeds to describe in detail the expression forms (“Formes de l’expression”) particular to two photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson. The investigation of the specificities of the plastic dimension of these photographs leads us to discover some of the formal features liable to raise photographic language to the level of artistic composition. We thereby demonstrate how Photography may take on astonishingly deep and complex sensations and significations.

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