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Discoveries: Henri Cartier-Bresson

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Born in 1908 in France, Henri Cartier-Bresson is considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. Early on he adopted the versatile 35mm format and helped develop the popular “street photography” style, influencing generations of photographers that followed. In his own words, he expressed that “the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Harry N. Abrams (first published 2008)
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Narjes Dorzade
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
این کتاب در مورد هانری کارتیه برسون از بزرگترین عکاسان فرانسه که هیچ ، کل جهانه .
از موسسان مگنوم . و عکس هایی بسیار دقیق و شاعرانه و به معنای تمام زندگی خالص ه .
برای کسانی که علاقه مند به عکاسی هستند ؛ اکید توصیه میکنم بخونند .
این مرد عزیز ترین عکاس برای من و انگیزه ای فراتر از عکاسی به من داد ❤
Narjes Dorzade
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
این کتاب در مورد هانری کارتیه برسون .؛ بزرگترین عکاس فرانسه که هیچ کل جهانه .
عکس هایی به معنای کلمه دقیق ، شاعرانه و خود زندگی به طور خالص ه
این مرد عزیزترین عکاس برای من و انگیزه ای فراتر از عکاسی به من داد ... ❤
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: عکاسی
کتاب تیرعکاسانه کتاب معمولی بود. که به زندگی عکاس معروف هانری کارتیه برسون پرداخته بود. به نظرم میتونست متن و خیلی چیزای دیگرش بهتر و گیراتر بشه. اما از بخشی از کتاب که بسیار خوشم اومد. حدود سی صفحه آخر کتاب بود که به مقالههای خود کارتیه برسون پرداخته بود و بسیار خوب ترجمه شده بود. به نظرم این قسمت از کتاب عالی و منحصر به فرد بود ...more
Pedro Aquino
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Photographier, c'est mettre sur la même ligne de mire la tête, l'oeil et le coeur. C'est une façon de vivre."
Hamid Dehghani
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
کتاب مسیر زندگی یک هنرمند است که قبل از هنرمند بودن عاشق انسان ها شد . در طول مطالعه کتاب قدم به قدم با کارتیه برسون همراه می شیم تا جوان خانواده پولدار برسون به یکی از تاثیر گذارترین عکاسان قرن بیستم تکامل یابد.
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was inspired to buy this book by a recent perusal of an Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition was transformational, and I wanted something easy to carry back on the plane. This little book does what it sets out to do -- to give you a brief view into Cartier-Bresson's life and thinking. The pictures get butchered in the small paperback format, unfortunately -- an irony because HCB hated cropping his pictures in any way. But enough of the art ...more
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Picked up this book as a souvenir from Paris at Shakespeare & Co bookstore after visting HCB foundation museum. It was small & easy to carry on flight which was the sole reason when I picked. But the size of the book is very deceptive compared to its content. An amateur photographer myself I had lots of learning from this book. The chapters go through HCB's life chronologically & showcases his thinking towards photography & life in general which are very integral. The photos pres ...more
Shravya Kag
Apr 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
"Cartier Bresson often told the story of how Gandhi leafed through his MoMA catalogue and stopped at a portrait of Paul Cladel next to a hearse. After asking about the meaning of the image, Gandhi exclaimed: 'Death, death and death.' Less than an hour later, he was assassinated."

Cartier Bresson also served prison for quite a few years before finally being successful in his third attempt at escaping.

Interesting snippets like these, provided by this book, makes it a good read. Though not quite de
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Informative little book. A complete history of the photographer's life and work from the beginning surrealist influences to his work as a reporter to his commission projects, of which the majority were portraits. And until the very end of his life, even after he had officially given up photography, he continued to do portraits. What he had to say about this: 'Taking a portrait is the hardest thing for me. It's like placing a question mark over someone.' I read this book out of sequence, and re-r ...more
Apr 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
Great introduction to the artist and his work that provides insight into what drove Cartier-Bresson's style. The book is a bit small (5"x7") for the subject matter. Although that makes this paperback quite affordable, given the subject matter it would benefit from a slightly larger format (e.g., 6"x9") to make the photos easier to see and still keep the price low. That aside, I found the content got me thinking more about how I approach my photography and so I think it will enhance my work.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in history of photography
Shelves: non-fiction
An interesting book.

I came across Henri Cartier-Bresson while researching for the photography course I'm currently doing. After that, I decided to read more about him because I found his life and career really intriguing. For example, his background in Surrealism, his dabbling in the film industry, and his affinity for photo-journalism.
Aug 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am very fond of this, a very good simple intro - I am browsing through a massive retrospective and realizing I much preferred the text and selection of what to print and what to print large on this little cheap book.
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un pequeño libro sobre la vida de Henri Cartier-Bresson. Muy recomendable, aunque sigo en busca de un libro que solo contenga fotografías a mayor tamaño que las de este compacto formato. De todos modos, una excelente reseña de su obra.
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Enjoyable enough, if a bit worshipful. I can't help thinking that Cartier-Bresson might have found the book's small size off putting. Or, at the least, a poor venue in which to publish photographs.
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The life and time of HCB, and how he worked on his photographic career.
Not very impressive to me.
Jul 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
A brief biography of Henri Cartier-Bresson, which explains why he took the photographs he did. Also has a chapter on how he composed his photographs.
Tanya Kaplun
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Написать документальную книгу так, чтобы читать её запоем, до щемления в груди оттого, что перевёрнута последняя страница, и вот уже финал, для всего этого надо обладать немалым талантом. Таков французский историк фотографии Клеман Шеру и такова его книга о гениальном соотечественнике, отце фоторепортажа и уличной фотографии, Анри Картье-Брессоне (единственный бемоль - маленький формат книги).
Уже, когда смотришь на фотографии Картье-Брессона, открываешь рот в восхищении, но когда ещё узнаешь его
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pensé tontamente que era un libro escrito por él mismo cuando lo encontré en la biblioteca, hasta me hizo sentir un poco desanimado puesto que no me gustan del todo las biografías ajenas que siempre terminan ensuciándose de las percepciones del autor. Todo lo contrario. El autor hace su mejor esfuerzo al mostrar la vida y obra de HCB y lo consigue de muy buena manera. La mezcla entre texto e imágenes es más que agradecida, aún más cuando logra entremezclar los sucesos de su vida con algunas fras ...more
Max Dreyfus
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Compré este libro en y la verdad es que disfruté mucho la lectura. El autor hace un recorrido cronológico de la vida del famoso fotógrafo:
Su formación como pintor y la influencia de los surrealistas, sus viajes y su conversión a fotoperiodista, su etapa como cinematógrafo, la fundación de Magnum, la definición y filosofía de "el momento decisivo".
Buena calidad de impresión. Quizás un tamaño más grande permitiría apreciar mejor la obra.
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Inspiring. Wish the photos were larger, but, it is what it is!
Anna Wallman
Fotobok i mindre format. Jag föredrar de större fotona, det här är mer en sammanfattning.
Chris Parkin
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It is a small, pocket-sized version, so the photographs are small. Not so satisfactory.
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