Photographing America: Henri Cartier-Bresson / Walker Evans

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Walker Evans (1903-1975) and Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) belonged to the same generation and shared an insatiable intellectual curiosity.
This book draws a parallel between the photographs on America made by Evans and Cartier-Bresson in the period from 1928 to 1948. Evans was well-established, had already published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with James Agee, and was at work on Many Are Called. Cartier-Bresson, on the other hand, was just beginning his new career as a ...

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Overview

Walker Evans (1903-1975) and Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) belonged to the same generation and shared an insatiable intellectual curiosity.
This book draws a parallel between the photographs on America made by Evans and Cartier-Bresson in the period from 1928 to 1948. Evans was well-established, had already published Let Us Now Praise Famous Men with James Agee, and was at work on Many Are Called. Cartier-Bresson, on the other hand, was just beginning his new career as a photographer. Although they both approached their work as a form of social criticism, imbued with references to literature and painting, their practices were always quite distinct.

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“A gem that lets the photography do the talking. Highly recommended.”
Midwest Book Review

Vintage black and white images pack a powerful survey of the perspectives and approaches of both in a collection highly recommended for any college-level art library strong in American image history and analysis.

Entertainment Weekly
“Two of history’s greatest shutterbugs documented citizens during some of the country’s leanest years- from the Great Depression to the end of WWII- producing haunting portraits of Dust Bowl austerity and postwar uncertainty.”
PictureMagazine.com
“By looking at images made in the United States by both photographers from 1928-1948, with Evans at the height of his career and Cartier-Bresson just beginning his, one gets a unique perspective on the differing sensibilities of these two 20th Century giants.”
France
“This intriguing new book offers a fascinating opportunity to compare and contrast the work of the two photographic masters between 1929 and 1947.”
Picturemagazine.com
“By looking at images made in the United States by both photographers from 1928-1948, with Evans at the height of his career and Cartier-Bresson just beginning his, one gets a unique perspective on the differing sensibilities of these two 20th Century giants.”
Library Journal
Although Henri Cartier-Bresson and Walker Evans were contemporaries who shared a remarkable intellectual curiosity and devotion to the art of photography, they took strikingly different approaches to their style of work—or, it seems that way at first glance. Evans favored a more reflective technique of view-camera photography, while Cartier-Bresson preferred action photographs in which he sought to capture what he called "the decisive moment." However, in carefully editing this fine book and contributing a thoughtful introduction, Sire (director, Fondation Cartier-Bresson) convincingly demonstrates the shared features of their work, especially their approach to photography as social criticism. In an insightful essay written for the book, art historian, critic, and curator Jean-François Chevrier advances similar themes of dialog. As one might expect from two great photographers, the 120 tritone images here are superb, and they are further enhanced by the juxtaposition of one artist's work with the other. VERDICT This will appeal not only to all photographers, from amateurs to artists, but also to anyone interested in the history of photography and American social and cultural history. Highly recommended.—Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, Urbana, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780500543702
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Agnes Sire is the Director of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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