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Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Henri Cartier-Bresson's amazing feat as a photographer is the ability to follow his heart and the keen vision of his mind and eye in each photograph. His subjects are only part of the image in the viewfinder, whose composition he sometimes arranges with geometric precision. Many of his best photographs also have startlingly broad political and sociological connotations, wh ...more
Published (first published 1971)
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As secret Santa gifts go, this had got to be one of the best ones. Although it's in French (a language I don't read) and the book is heavily coffee stained (at least I hope it's coffee) it is a great collection of photographs.

Beyond the introduction, it's 63 classic Bresson photographs. Each labeled with the year the photograph was taken and the location and title.

I never did find out who it was from...
One in the Aperture Series that like so many others, is great as far as it goes. Thus the 3 Stars rather than 4. The quality writing and beautiful image selection and reproduction are first rate in all these books. As a comparative reference to the 'other photographers' in the series these are essential library additions for the photographer/historian, art-artist/historian, etc. As definitive works for photographers in the series they are slightly lacking.

HC-B is a somewhat difficult subject due
HCB... his photographs need no explanations; they always speak volumes all by their lonesome. The biggest thrill would be to see them mounted on a wall, but this small book's display of them does these 40 plus classic shots justice and is so inspiring that it warrants many viewings. Most of the material in this book predates the 60's and the proof of their brilliance is that they still hold much value way into the 21st Century.
This was one of my first picture-books as a child. It was not until many years into my career as a news photographer that I realized that the book's photographs were actually by the esteemed Henri Cartier-Bresson. Perhaps impeding the realization was the, gasp, adequacy of the photos. Sorry, Henri, not your finest.

(Incidentally, the title of this book is Cartier-Bresson's France. Text is by François Nourissier.)
Italo André
Sobre as imagens do Cartier-Bresson, não há o que comentar. Sobre o livro, é um produto de qualidade: simples, material bom e um preço acessível - o que é muito bem-vindo, uma vez que não é tão fácil achar livros de fotografia a um preço baixo. Este foi meu primeiro contato com a editora Cosac Naify, que parece ser extremamente competente.
hella fantastic at composing photographic images with 35mm... this is a great (but small) introduction into this famous photographer's work. not quite up to par with his work during the magnum years... lots of good stuff taken in russia though.
a good, small, selection of HCB's photos. I want to find a bigger book with more. It's a good start though. HCB is great.
His photos are amazingly inpirational.
Open any page to find his grip of decisive moments. No need a word.
This is a pretty good survey but I would recommend other, larger-format, HCB books with a more focused subject.
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