By People Staff
August 23, 2004 12:00 PM

Henri Cartier-Bresson hated having his picture taken. “He felt it wasn’t necessary for people to see his face,” says photojournalist Eve Arnold, who knew the man well. But the photos that Cartier-Bresson himself took? Those were another matter. Armed with his Leica and an eye for capturing situations at what he termed “the decisive moment,” Cartier-Bresson, who died at home in France Aug. 4 at age 95, left behind a legacy of essential images of some of the world’s most significant events, from the Spanish Civil War to portraits of Indian nationalist Mahatma Gandhi the day he was shot by an assassin. Says photographer Harry Benson, one of many Cartier-Bresson inspired: “He showed the way.”

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