A reminiscence from Martine Franck, photographer & wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson: "Henri was always immensely supportive as a photographer. He taught me how to say "No" gracefully and to follow through all projects right to the end. In his opinion no details were insignificant and he would always say," Don't show your work until you feel ready and you have done your own editing." He was adamant about being at the printers when a book was being printed. How right he was."

For Immediate Release

“Decisive Moments – A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson
An International Juried Online Photographic Exhibition
Presented by Women In Photography International
Entry deadline December 1, 2004
Exhibition runs January 10 – March 1, 2005 on

Los Angeles, CA: Women In Photography International (WIPI) announces a call for entries for “Decisive Moments - A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson,” an international juried online photographic exhibition of works by female photographers. Deadline for entries is December 1, 2004, midnight PST. Exhibition will run from January 10 – March 1, 2005 at www.WomenInPhotography.org.

“Decisive Moments” will feature 50 juried images on WIPI’s web site. The call for entries is open to female photographers, professional and amateur, using any photographic process. Entries must illustrate Henri Cartier-Bresson’s concept of the “decisive moment” in photography. All entries must be submitted as digital files via the online form at www.WomenInPhotography.org.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is well known for his concept of the “decisive moment” in photography. He defined this moment as “the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which gave that event its proper expression."

Cartier-Bresson was born in France in 1908, and studied painting before discovering photography in 1931. He was one of the first photographers to shoot in the 35mm format, and helped to develop the photojournalistic “street photography” style that influenced generations of photographers to come. In 1947 Cartier-Bresson co-founded the photographic cooperative Magnum along with fellow photographers Robert Capa, George Rodger, David Seymour and Bill Vandivert. Cartier-Bresson died on August 3rd, 2004 in Paris.

Women In Photography International was created in 1981 as a 501.c.3 educational outreach organization by women photographers to communicate ideas, opportunities and their passion for photography. In 1985, the Distinguished Photographers Award was established to honor women who have contributed significantly to the world of photography. Previous winners include: Eve Arnold, Ruth Bernhard, Judy Dater, Marion Post Wolcott, Linda McCartney, Mary Ellen Mark, Ruth Orkin, Joyce Tenneson, Berenice Abbott, Annie Leibovitz, and 2004 Award Winner Sylvia Plachy.

WIPI’s online resource center provides member galleries, reference library, and the F2-eZine, which contains articles from around the globe, marketing news, photography links, book reviews and competition listings, and currently receives 40,000+ visitors/month.

“Because WIPI is an international organization and has such a strong online presence, an online exhibit is the perfect venue to showcase and promote the work of female photographers worldwide," said Jean Ferro, photo artist and WIPI President.

“Decisive Moments” will be juried by Sue Brisk, Editorial Director, Magnum Photos; Howard Greenberg of the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York; Lesley Martin, Executive Book Editor, Aperture Foundation; and Esther Woerdehoff of Galerie Esther Woerdehoff in Paris.

“Decisive Moments” is curated by Carrie Villines, photographer and WIPI Professional Member. Carrie previously curated WIPI’s “virtual * visual” online photo exhibit, and recognizes the ability of the internet to increase photographers’ exposure to an international audience.

Prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Places in Professional and Amateur categories.

The online exhibit will also be archived in WIPI's extensive online archive on www.WomenInPhotography.org.

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Carrie Villines
Women In Photography International


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