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Henri Cartier-Bresson: Masters of Photography Series

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  2,083 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Henri Cartier-Bresson reveals--as only a few great artists have done--the variety and richness of human experience in the twentieth century. This second volume of Aperture's Masters of Photography series confirms the genius of the photographer who--with the new, smaller, hand-held cameras and faster films--defined the idea of "the decisive moment" in photography. Cartier-B ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Aperture (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...
Jan 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: photography
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
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Landscape Townscape is a coffee table book of 105 photos captured by Henri Cartier Bresson. Most of the photos were taken during 1940-1970s in Europe, USA, Japan, SE Asia and India. All the photos are in B&W, which is Henri's defacto medium. A majority of the photos seem to be taken with a wideangle lens, especially the landscape ones.

I've seen many of Henri's famous photos and know a bit about the man who essentially created photojournalism. But, this is the first proper compilation of his

Sep 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: photography, art
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.
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it
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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.
Oct 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: photography, library
This is a pretty good survey but I would recommend other, larger-format, HCB books with a more focused subject.
May 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
His photos are amazingly inpirational.
Open any page to find his grip of decisive moments. No need a word.
Oct 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography, library
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.
Pedro Aquino
Mar 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sempre inspirador.
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