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I believe that no streettog is unaware of this photo by Henri Cartier-Bresson, right? 
Cartier-bresson-henri-iza-gare-st-lazare-paris-193 by myraincheck
Derrière la gare Saint-Lazare, pont de l’Europe (Paris, 1932) by Henri Cartier-Bresson

The photograph above was to Time magazine, “The Photo of the Century”.
By then, photographs of puddle jumpers were clichés, but as New York Times remembered, “Cartier-Bresson brings to his image layer on layer of fresh and uncanny detail: the figure of a leaping dancer on a pair of posters on a wall behind the man mirrors him and his reflection in the water; the rippling circles made by the ladder echo circular bands of discarded metal debris; another poster, advertising a performer named Railowsky, puns with the railway station and the ladder, which, flat, resembles a railroad track.”

However, the picture that defined Cartier-Bresson’s career was ironically one of only two pictures he cropped. He detested the darkroom techniques and to prevent his editors from cropping, he sent his pictures with a black border — the frame he himself imposed at the instant he snapped the picture. However, behind the train station, he couldn’t managed to do this:

There was a plank fence around some repairs behind the Gare Saint Lazare train station. I happened to be peeking through a gap in the fence with my camera at the moment the man jumped. The space between the planks was not entirely wide enough for my lens, which is the reason why the picture is cut off on the left,” he explained in his usual laconic manner.
Gare by myraincheck

This picture became in time the stereotype of Henri Cartier-Bresson's 'decisive moment' : “Photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organisation of forms which give that event its proper expression.”  This famous quote is from the lengthy introduction of Cartier-Bresson's book The Decisive Moment, published in 1952. Though, at the time this picture was taken, Cartier-Bresson was only 24 years old, he had taken up photography only a couple of years earlier and had just bought in Marseille his first Leica camera. Only 20 years later Henri Cartier-Bresson theorized the Decisive Moment.

This picture might well be the most imitated, emulated and reinterpreted photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson
                                                                                                                   Collage HP by myraincheck
Friedrich Seidenstucker, Auf dem Sprung; Henri Cartier Bresson, Derrière la gare Saint-Lazare; Mike Stimpson, Behind the Gare Saint Lazare 

Here is a little dA collection of jumpers. Let's consider it an offering to the god of street photography!

Leap of Faith by straightfromcamera

Vine Leap by lmajali

jump by lukasvasilikos

Urban olympics by veftenie

Jump by celilsezer

Jump in Sneakers Like a Pro by IrynaFedorovska

Glass Jump by Draken413o

Hop by ZiaulKareem

YESSS!!! by MARX77

The Leap by niklin1

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yungmoni007 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool, soo cool
ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Jumping is always fun! Many many thanks Mary! :hug:
JACAC Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2016
e x c e l l e n t !
Jinnger Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Elerko Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
LidiaRossana Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
vamosver Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous !!
DouglasHumphries Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
Many thanks for the backstory on Cartier-Bresson and one of his few crops - and the  fine collection of modern similars ! -- great journal ! :)  
IrynaFedorovska Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Jumpers are fun! :D
Thank you Mary :hug:
sags Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016
....Puddlephobia :)
niklin1 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice article, Mary!  :clap:
Glad you remembered my HCB-cat!  :D
Batsceba Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2016   Photographer
Oh yeah. Yay. Good for you. Oh yeah. Yay. Good for you. Oh yeah. Yay. Good for you. Oh yeah. Yay. Good for you. Applaud fella (Reactions) 
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