• What's his subject, the in-focus stair case or the blurry biker? - The Ludt Family
  • Seems to me the subject of the whole picture is movement (downwards). Pitching down the stairs or rushing down the hill on a bike. Either way the contrast of the static position of the photographer and the solidity of the buildings with the movement is what makes this picture great for me. - AndrewNZ

Mario's Bike

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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.

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  1. x3snap 16 months ago | reply

    too much text. go out and shoot.

  2. s2art 16 months ago | reply

    your verbosity overwhelms me... again!

  3. raphael aaron 15 months ago | reply

    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.

  4. Love Of Carnage! 15 months ago | reply

    i'd like to see the Exif Data.

  5. -nyctreeman- 15 months ago | reply

    fancy meeting you here!

  6. vangruvie 15 months ago | reply

    historically significant...no 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.

  7. swissrolli 12 months ago | reply

    this shot really needs some beautiful drops of colour bokeh to succeed.

  8. Joana Joana 12 months ago | reply

    Oh, the comments.

  9. Joana Joana 12 months ago | reply

    nikon D2? I'd guess a Leica M2... Lol!

  10. SuperEvilBrian 12 months ago | reply

    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.

  11. Joana Joana 12 months ago | reply

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

  12. iamsheep 8 months ago | reply

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

  13. hockeylaxchick 7 months ago | reply

    Love of Carnage! You are a special kind of stupid aren't you?

  14. emailsarenice 7 months ago | reply

    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.

  15. alphadesigner 7 months ago | reply

    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.

  16. Love Of Carnage! 7 months ago | reply

    yeah, it's called 'comedy' ... you're a bit thick, aren't you?

  17. refreshment_66 6 months ago | reply

    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.

  18. Will Goring 6 months ago | reply

    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.

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