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

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This new collection of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson is the ultimate retrospective look at a lifetime's achievement. It brims with classic photographs that have become icons of the medium, as well as rarely seen work from all periods of Cartier-Bresson's life, including a significant number of previously unpublished photographs and a generous selection of drawings, paintings and film stills. The book also features personal souvenirs from Cartier-Bresson's youth, his family and ...
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Overview

This new collection of work by Henri Cartier-Bresson is the ultimate retrospective look at a lifetime's achievement. It brims with classic photographs that have become icons of the medium, as well as rarely seen work from all periods of Cartier-Bresson's life, including a significant number of previously unpublished photographs and a generous selection of drawings, paintings and film stills. The book also features personal souvenirs from Cartier-Bresson's youth, his family and the founding of Magnum.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500542675
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 5/30/2003
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 11.48 (w) x 10.46 (h) x 1.58 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6
Seeing is Everything 9
And Everything In Between 18
Kairos: The Idea of the Decisive Moment in the Work of Cartier-Bresson 47
A Passion for Drawing 323
Film-making: Another Way of Seeing 348
Filmography 356
The Public Eye: Shows and Exhibitions 359
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Master of Photographic Reportage 390
Chronology 399
Bibliography 401
List of Exhibitions 424
Captions for Book and Magazine Covers 429
Postscript 431
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