15 January 2010

About to touch

We can't make out the man making a leap in Henri Cartier-Bresson's 1932 photograph Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare. His foot is about to touch the water, and his jump seems to imitate the graceful grand jeté performed by the ballet dancer on the posters in the background. It's hard to look at this photographg without imagining the splash that must have followed it.
A much larger version of this photo is here.

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