‘one picture is worth a thousand word’

It might be something of an overused phrase, but as anyone who has had the chance to view the work of these three amazing photographers – Henri Cartier-Bresson, Henri Huet, and Brian Blake –  will attest, the phrase fits.

 Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century exhibition, featuring some 300 prints from Cartier-Bresson’s professional career from 1929 to 1989, just closed at SFMOMA but can be seen at the High Museum of Art Atlanta from 19 February to 29 May 2011.

A world traveller and keen observer of people and events, Henri Cartier-Bresson was, throughout his career as a photojournalist, often in the right place at the right time to capture seemingly ‘ordinary’ slice of life images during pivotal historic moments – China during the last days of the war, India following the assassination of Ghandi, American south during some of the earliest civil rights actions.

Brian Blake: Lens on the World exhibition in Wellington, New Zealand at Te Papa from 23 October 2010 to May 2011

New Zealand’s most renowned international photographer, Brian Blake spent four decades travelling the world as a roving photojournalist. Working for Paris-based photo agency Magnum,  Blake’s striking images were published in Life, Look, and  Paris Match.

Henri Huet: Vietnam exhibition opens in Paris at the La Maison Européenne de la Photographie from 9 February to 3 April  2011.

French war photographer Henri Huet spent two decades wandering the streets of Vietnam, photographing the former French colony as growing political unrest and violence transformed it. Henri Huet’s images of the bravery, courage and tragedy of the Vietnam War helped change the American view of the war and influenced generations of photojournalists.

In an unconnected, unwired world, way before the era of digital photography, photoshop, and YouTube, these photographers provided true images of real life and real people.

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Liz Lewis is a New Zealand based writer who favors wine tasting and food markets over bungy jumping and mountain climbing.