Mario's Bike

A deleted Cartier-Bresson picture. Could anyone believe that?


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Note: This picture was submitted to the deleteme pool without any mention to the original author. After a dozen or so "great" comments its was revealed.

This whole experience shows several things. You are welcome to take your own conclusions. After all, art is some kind of mirror.

  • s2art 3y

    x3snap your verbosity overwhelms me... again!
  • raphael aaron 2y

    i hope this thread never ends.

    people are entitled to have their own opinion. but whatever.

    i first didn't like HCB, mainly because i thought he was just some boring guy who was deemed the father of 35mm or something. when i saw this shot for the first time, i stopped dead in my tracks. recanted it all. truly a spectacular shot, especially if you're the type that takes those candid moments in street photography.

    ever since venturing into street from a fashion background, i would say street is more rewarding for me, and i try to incorporate HCBs use of geometry everywhere i go in the city.
  • TimSinclair 2y

    i'd like to see the Exif Data.
  • Len Treeman 2y

    TimSinclair fancy meeting you here!
  • vangruvie 2y

    historically doubt about that...I do wonder, though, what the irate members above would comment if this this photo were not by the holy master himself?

    who is to judge what defines any great piece of art?...the undeducated public?...the educated elite?...all of the above?

    I find the above debate fascinating...particularly the ridicule.
  • swissrolli 2y

    this shot really needs some beautiful drops of colour bokeh to succeed.
  • Joana Brandão 2y

    Oh, the comments.
  • SF Lіghts 2y

  • Joana Brandão 2y

    TimSinclair nikon D2? I'd guess a Leica M2... Lol!
  • Brian McGloin 2y

    It's really funny when people don't understand sarcasm or satire.

    It doesn't matter who shot this or that it was done on flammable B&W film in a time when ASA 125 was curiously fast. Bresson was a master because of what he produced and the amount of time and passion he put into it. Of course not everything he did was perfect or genius, but also there weren't as many completely wretched idiots pumping out horrid, tacky trash as there are now.

    I imagine the average "pro" now would be completely helpless without their assistants and full automatic everything.

    Keep in mind the camera he used for this didn't have auto focus, and it probably didn't even have an auto winder -- it may have predated the advance lever.
  • Joana Brandão 2y

    But he is a genious and the image is both intriguing and got a conceptual value. End of history.
  • iamsheep 2y

    ChiILLeica Actually he took 20+ shots from that spot and chose one from the contact sheet....but I know what you mean :)
  • hockeylaxchick 2y

    Love of Carnage! You are a special kind of stupid aren't you?
  • emailsarenice 2y

    If you knew that this was one of the best photographs of all time, would you stand back, behind your curtain of amateur critique, and realise that you're criticising a legend far beyond your skill? Nope. You don't even know what you're looking at. Learn to read first, then learn to write.
  • alphadesigner 2y

    The best photographs of all time? Said who? Why should someone form an opinion based on what other people say? This is art, not mathematics. There's always more than one answer. People know exactly what they are looking at - it's photo of a blurred bike with an unusual composition. Some think this is extraordinary. Others think this is bland and boring. And then there are some who don't think but just act as they are told to by other people. Welcome to planet Earth.
  • TimSinclair 2y

    hockeylaxchick yeah, it's called 'comedy' ... you're a bit thick, aren't you?
  • refreshment_66 2y

    Ten deletes, four saves.

    I've heard of this being done in other critique groups, but had never seen it in actual practice.

    Just goes to show: a lot of the time, art is about agreement.
  • Will Goring 2y

    This is my favourite thread on the whole of Flickr. It's just brilliant.

    Andre Rabelo, I bow down to you for the best troll of all time.
  • rahma ramadhan 1y

  • arbi basil 9mo

    really great photo!!
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