So I'm reading this book of interviews of Cartier-Bresson - fascinating stuff, unfortunately in French only - and I thought this would be interesting to share.
HCB, in his early teens, painted. It's only after 20 that he discovered the photographic medium. Apparently, it wasn't some kind of slow transition or gradual interest over time; it was one very specific photo. Said he (please forgive what's lost in translation): "Ah yes, it's fantastic, fantastic, fantastic. It is a photo by Munkacsi. It turned something on within me. I thought 'hey, how does one do that with a camera?'" In 1931 he bought his first camera, then proceeded to make history.
Link to the photo
I find it interesting in the sense that HCB was a real stickler for composition and order and structure, which I suppose is something that he carried within him even as he painted, but this is the image that made him think maybe photography was a better medium for his vision. Anyway, just a fun fact .