Something I try and do most days is to take some time to soak up the work of photographers who are doing some of the most important work in the field of photography today. Nadav Kander is one of those people. If you haven’t had a chance to take some time over his book Yangtze – The Long River yet, then I highly recommend you do – every page is an education. If you can’t find a copy to peruse then the images on his site will give you an idea, not just of the work, but of the scale of change happening in China.
It is easy to take good pictures, difficult to take very good pictures, and almost impossible to take great pictures.
By that reckoning Henri Cartier-Bresson is the greatest photographer of the 20th century – who else has truly great photographs falling out of their closet? And if you’re a photographer one of the ways you become a better photographer and come to understand your artistic practice in deeper ways is to hang out with other artists, preferably artists who are ahead of you. And Henri C-B is ahead of everyone. So seeing as Henri died in 2004 the best I can do is refer you to this interview.