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Henri Cartier-Bresson mistakenly credited for “A girl and a dog” photo


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An online community has discovered that a picture attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson has been actually taken by Lithuania-based Andrej Vasilenko.

A lot of internet users think that they know it all, while some of them are in it just for the fun. However, the internet can be wrong sometimes and such is the case of a beautiful photo, called “A girl and a dog”.

The photo depicts a girl and a dog on the beach, standing alongside a backpack. Anybody can notice that a vicious storm is also waiting to happen, even though we are looking at black-and-white photography.

Henri Cartier-Bresson did not capture the “A girl and a dog photo”

This picture has been attributed to Henri Cartier-Bresson, a French photographer who is widely regarded as the “father of modern photojournalism”. He was born in August 1908 and died in August 2004, though it is worth mentioning that he retired from activity sometime in the 1970s.

For a long time, the date when the “A girl and a dog” photo was captured remained unknown. However, has discovered its true nature. Unfortunately for Cartier-Bresson, it was impossible for him to take this photo because he was dead at that time. Dead as in not alive anymore because the image has been snapped in 2007.

a-girl-and-a-dog Henri Cartier-Bresson mistakenly credited for "A girl and a dog" photo Exposure

“A girl and a dog photo” has been wrongly credited to Henri Cartier-Bresson for years. All the credits go to Andrej Vasilenko.

Andrej Vasilenko snapped this photo of a dog and his university colleague, Migle Narbutaite

According to The Register, “A girl and a dog” has been snapped in 2007 by photographer Andrej Vasilenko. He took the photo of his colleague at the Vilnius Academy of Art on the beach of Nida, Lithuania.

The girl has a name, too, as she is called Migle Narbutaite, not Isabelle Huppert, like previously suggested.

Google Images and the rest of the web still think that Henri Cartier-Bresson took the photo of a French actress, which is a pity because a lot of people say that this is one Henri’s best photos, despite his impressive career.

Vasilenko said that he is flattered that his photo has been attributed to the legendary photojournalist. However, in recent times he has begun to feel annoyed by the fact that so many websites are making the same mistake all over again.

Fujica and Russia’s Industar 50mm lens used for taking this epic photo

He also confirmed that the image has been captured with the help of a Fujica film camera and an Industar 50mm lens.

In time, Vasilenko is hoping that online publications will stop attributing the photo to Henri Cartier-Bresson. He concluded that he may be forced to publish fewer photos, if people use his work without giving him proper credits.

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