Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art

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Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century. In a career spanning more than sixty years, he has used his camera as an impassive and neutral third eye to capture the vagaries of human behavior and to produce some of the most memorable and compelling photographs ever published. In this impressive biographical study, Jean-Pierre Montier traces Cartier-Bresson's artistic progression from his early training as a painter and draftsman right up to the present; he provides a ...
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Overview

Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century. In a career spanning more than sixty years, he has used his camera as an impassive and neutral third eye to capture the vagaries of human behavior and to produce some of the most memorable and compelling photographs ever published. In this impressive biographical study, Jean-Pierre Montier traces Cartier-Bresson's artistic progression from his early training as a painter and draftsman right up to the present; he provides a detailed analysis of Cartier-Bresson's most famous images and discusses the various philosophies that inform his work, notably Zen and surrealism. Drawing together a remarkable selection of the paintings, sketches, and photographs, this book is the first to attempt a serious evaluation not just of his photojournalism but of his oeuvre as a whole.
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Montier's doctoral thesis makes up the text of this important book, which is part biography, part catalog, and part critical explication. The text, supplemented with images of Cartier-Bresson's nonphotographic work, shows the varied sides of the photographer. But we don't really need to see the paintings and drawings of Cartier-Bresson. Thankfully, Montier keeps his primary interest on the delightful and usually surprising moments that Cartier-Bresson captures. What seems like a chaotic cluster of disparate people engaged in various activities is an instant when all this mayhem came into the viewfinder for Cartier-Bresson. The "Artless Art" of the title is the capturing of reality, honoring it, giving us long moments to enjoy it, and coming away thinking that the instant recorded was full of aesthetic delight. Recommended for general collections.-David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., Ct.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780821222850
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 13.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of this century's leading photographers and his career has profoundly influenced the field. His earliest images are of Europe in the 1930s and 40s; he later traveled throughout the world, to the United States, India, Japan, China, Mexico, the Soviet Union, to frame the world with his camera.
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