Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Candid Photography

During the Early European Renaissance in 1500 the painting of the Dutch painter Hieronymus Bosch and than 60 years later in the paintings of the Dutch painter Pieter Bruegel The Elder created the early roots of candid photography. 200 years later the French painter Jean-Francois Millet created candid paintings that look quite a bit like many contemporary candid photographs. In the 1930s with the invention of the Leica camera placed in the capable hands of Henri Cartier-Bresson candid photography came into it's own as an art form of museum quality. 20 years later the Swiss American photographer Robert Frank radically reinvented the candid photograph. Frank's influence remains significant in contemporary candid photography.

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