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Presented for the first time in English, this volume brings together twelve notable interviews and conversations with Henri Cartier-Bresson carried out between 1951 and 1998. While many of us are acquainted with his images, there are so few texts available by Cartier-Bresson on his photographic process. These verbal, primary accounts capture the spirit of the master ...more
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Published June 30th 2017 by Aperture
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Philippe
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
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Henri Cartier-Bresson (HCB) was, in writing, never very articulate about his approach to photography. It was in conversation with friends, fellow photographers and journalists that he spoke more lively and expansively about life and art. The interviews included in this compact, carefully edited volume span a significant slice of HCB’s career, from 1951 to 1998. They were published in a wide range of periodicals and are hard to retrieve today. The editors did a commendable job in selecting, ...more
Brian Page
Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Notorious for his “I have nothing to say” (p. 71), here are 145 pages in HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON: INTERVIEWS AND CONVERSATIONS 1951 – 1998, in which HCB manages to say quite a bit. Far be it from me to attempt a review. I will, instead, convey a few quotations from this master “photojournalist” and master of fuzzy thinking.

“To my mind, photography has the power to evoke, and must not simply document.” (p. 44)

“The only objectivity – and these are responsibilities I have always taken on – is to be
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Eric Tsui
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
bit repetitive of course since it's a compilation of interviews, but still very much worth reading. inspiring stuff from a man who has a name larger than what he truly is.
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Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism, an early adopter of 35 mm format, and the master of candid photography. He helped develop the "street photography" or "real life reportage" style that has influenced generations of photographers that followed.