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The Decisive Moment

Selections from the Thomas Bouckley Collection

January 05, 2013 - May 02, 2013

Photography allows a moment in time to be captured and maintained long after it has passed. Candid images rely on spontaneity—when a subject is unaware, or are in mid-action.

French photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson who coined the term “The Decisive Moment” said: “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event.”

This exhibition presents candid moments captured on film depicting Oshawa’s past residents. They are not contrived, posed, or formal portraits but instead capture the spirit of a moment or event.

Curated by Sonya Jones