For me good street photography reveals people involved with others, with themselves, or sometimes with the photographer. As this superb video shows, Cartier-Bresson learned how to see people on the streets clearly. His early career passed from surrealism with its emphasis on geometric design to agitprop photography for various communist periodicals in the 1930s. After the war Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and David Seymour, and others formed Magnum, a cooperative of photographers, that dominated photojournalism for years and kept alive the street photography ethos with its interest in humanism, political change and human suffering. Cartier-Bresson, even though he later minimized his association with communism, held on to his sensitivity for the common man and the destructive effects of colonialism and capitalism. His images from the street resonate with the vitality of raw emotion of people living their lives.
Enjoy the old songs of Edith Piaff as you watch the photos.