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20 Arrestingly Beautiful Photos That Stand The Test of Time

Reader's Digest Logo By Reader's Digest Editors of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 20: Chosen by Nigel Parry, photographer'As a teenager in Yorkshire, England, I would while away my lunch breaks with my nose buried in photo books, and this photo always stuck in my mind for its cleverness. It’s essentially a play with lines: They transport the eye around the rectangle and back to the human element. Clearly, Cartier‑Bresson composed it and waited for the decisive moment in which an element of life—it could easily have been a dog or an old lady or a running child—injected itself into the perfect, irritatingly elegant composition to complete this celebration of both photographer and photograph. Pure genius.' (Don't miss these exceptionally rare 'National Geographic' photos.)

Photograph by Henri Cartier-Bresson

Chosen by Nigel Parry, photographer'As a teenager in Yorkshire, England, I would while away my lunch breaks with my nose buried in photo books, and this photo always stuck in my mind for its cleverness. It’s essentially a play with lines: They transport the eye around the rectangle and back to the human element. Clearly, Cartier‑Bresson composed it and waited for the decisive moment in which an element of life—it could easily have been a dog or an old lady or a running child—injected itself into the perfect, irritatingly elegant composition to complete this celebration of both photographer and photograph. Pure genius.' (Don't miss these exceptionally rare 'National Geographic' photos.)

© Henri Cartier-Bresson

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