Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image & the World: A Retrospective

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image & the World: A Retrospective

by Philippe Arbaizar, Peter Galassi, Robert Delpire
     
 
Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the finest image makers of our time. Born in 1908, he studied painting before embarking on a career in photography in the early 1930s. In 1940 he was captured by the Germans and spent three years in prisoner-of-war camps before escaping to join the Paris underground. With Robert Capa,

Overview

Henri Cartier-Bresson is one of the finest image makers of our time. Born in 1908, he studied painting before embarking on a career in photography in the early 1930s. In 1940 he was captured by the Germans and spent three years in prisoner-of-war camps before escaping to join the Paris underground. With Robert Capa, David Seymour, and others, he founded the photographic agency Magnum in 1947. Since then his work has taken him all over the world—from Europe to India, Burma, Pakistan, China, Japan, Indonesia, Bali, Russia, the Middle East, Cuba, Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

This new collection of work by Cartier-Bresson, created on the occasion of his ninety-fifth birthday, provides the ultimate retrospective look at a lifetime's achievement. It includes the first photographs taken by him, some of which have never been published, rarely seen work from all periods of his life, classic photographs that have become icons of the medium, and a generous selection of drawings, paintings, and film stills. The book also features personal souvenirs of Cartier-Bresson's youth, his family, and the founding of Magnum.

Cartier-Bresson's extraordinary images are shaped by an eye and a mind legendary for their intelligent empathy and for going to the heart of the matter. This definitive collection of a master photographer's work will be an essential book for anyone interested in photography—indeed, for anyone interested in the people, places, and events of the past century.

An exhibition of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson opens in Paris in 2003 and will be seen in the United States in 2004-2005

Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
The book reminds us of how widely the French photographer traveled throughout Europe, Latin America, the United States and Asia, and of how convincingly his pictures persuade us that he was somehow able to locate the essence of every culture he encountered, every individual he met. Those who, like myself, are more familiar with Cartier-Bresson's street photography than with his portraiture will be impressed by his incisive depictions of artists and writers, among them Matisse, Bonnard, Faulkner, McCullers, Beckett and Giacometti. — Francine Prose
Publishers Weekly
Cartier-Bresson's photos of everyday scenes were apparently bothersome to an audience accustomed to the abstract work of Steiglitz and Strand. But his snapshots were a new and powerful way of documenting the world: an astrologer in 1947 Bombay; a 1967 control room at Cape Kennedy, Fla.; a 1954 "sports gala" in Moscow. He "improvised, incorporating the effects of chance and accident as he went along," writes Philippe Arba zar of the Biblioth que Nationale de France in an essay called "The Public Eye: Shows and Exhibitions." Saul Steinberg even made him a fake diploma authorizing Cartier-Bresson to become a photographer, as if his work needed legitimacy. With quotes from Moli re, Virgil, Verlaine ("Memory, memory, what do you want of me?") punctuating the chapters, and more than 600 of Cartier-Bresson's photographs and even drawings, films and books, this is indeed a comprehensive and stunning retrospective, carefully printed and showing the huge oeuvre's variations. Complemented by essays by Peter Galassi of MoMA and Serge Toubiana of Cahiers du Cin ma, among others, the book coincides with the opening of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris, as well as the photographer's 95th birthday. (Apr.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Two books are now available on the full career of Henri Cartier-Bresson (b. 1908), a photographer known for his ability to capture events during critical moments. Jean-Pierre Montier's Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Artless Art is an analytical account of the photographer's life and work, whereas this new volume is the most complete study available of photographic reproductions (the more than 600 images include photographs, drawings, and the covers of magazines in which his photographs appeared). Including essays by contributors from the Biblioth que Nationale de France, Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, this book addresses the main themes of Cartier-Bresson's life, including his world travels, filmmaking, and eventual decision to leave photography and devote himself to drawing. It is the best general introduction to the photographer's work, although Montier's book provides more written detail about his life. Both are recommended for academic and larger public libraries.-Eric Linderman, East Cleveland P.L., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500542675
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
05/30/2003
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
11.48(w) x 10.46(h) x 1.58(d)

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