I like to think about this lecture as a tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson, this unique artist who was named “the eye of the XXth Century”. Cartier-Bresson is famous for his concept of the “Decisive Moment” in photography, but he was much more than this. He established the foundations of modern street-photography, and revealed the visual relations between the “Geometry” – as he said – Beauty, and Truth. Even if he never considered himself as a Master, he will be remembered as one by many generations of photographers.
A lecture about the famous photographer Elliott Erwitt and his particular way to link humor with photography. Erwitt’s photographs are a manifestation of his love for the human kind, but also a corrosive look at our modern times. Those photographs reminds us what is really essential in human life….. simplicity and humanity. Erwitt philosophy of life can be perceived in this quote: “I’m not a serious photographer like many of my contemporaries. That is to say, I am serious about not being serious.”
Art is a manifestation of Beauty and a cultural necessity. Art is an emanation of the Beautiful, which is present in everything, eternal and not ephemeral, but not everything emanates the Beautiful. Thus not everything is Art. How to determine if a product can be qualified as Art ? Would it be because the creator is an Artist, and then… what caracterises an Artist ? Are there some specific Human Qualities an Artist should develop in a way to produce Art ?