Henri Cartier-Bresson with his Leica. 1955 - Photo by Dmitri Kessel. Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) was a French photographer considered to be the father of photojournalism. He was the master of candid photography and an early user of 35 mm film. He helped develop the street photography or life reportage style, and coined the term, 'The Decisive Moment', that has inspired generations of photographers ever since.