Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Born in 1908 in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Early on he adopted the versatile 35mm format and helped develop the popular ?street photography? style, influencing generations of photographers that followed. In his own words, he expressed that ?the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. . . . It is by ...

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Overview

Born in 1908 in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Early on he adopted the versatile 35mm format and helped develop the popular “street photography” style, influencing generations of photographers that followed. In his own words, he expressed that “the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. . . . It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression.”

 

In 1947 Cartier-Bresson founded Magnum Photos with four other photographers. August 22 will be the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810998261
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/7/2009
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,045,184
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Clément Chéroux is a photographic historian and curator of the photographic collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has worked on many exhibitions as well publications on photography.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The Formative Years 26

Ch. 2 Henri Cartier, Photographer 54

Ch. 3 Henri Cartier-Bresson, the Great Reporter 88

Ch. 4 The Aesthetics Behind the Work 112

Ch. 5 HCB: Fame and Posterity 129

Documents 152

Bibliography 154

List of Illustrations 156

Index 159

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