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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; First edition edition (1 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893818755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893818753
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (August 22, 1908 - August 3, 2004) is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century. In a career spanning over sixty years, he has used his camera as an impassive and neutral third eye to capture the vagaries of human behaviour and to produce some of the most memorable and compelling photographs ever published.

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A compilation of writings on photography by one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. His observations ring with the same immediacy and visual intensity that characterize his photographs. Writings from Cartier-Bresson's books are included, as well as essays on his travels and commentary on photographer friends. Some of the sele

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 Dec. 2009
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I'm currently studying a Ba(Hons)Photography Degree & this little gem of a book is on my reading list. I've had it out so long now it's time to get my own copy!! Yes it's only a short piece but Bressons' continued influence on modern contemporary photographic practices cannot be ignored. This book is inspirational. Many times when I reach "Photo Block" I pick this up & just read snippets of random pages. The more I re read this book the more I feel the personality & thinkings behind Bresson & how he produced such Iconic images. So, don't let this gem fade into history, get a copy & I hope it influences your own practices as it continues to do so in mine!!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Aug. 2004
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Although this book is perhaps on the short side and you'll finish it very quickly, it is still a very good book. It gives an insight into what H C-B himself thinks of photography and his views on it. He also describes the places he went to and how he went about taking photos in different situations.
Although you will finish it quickly, I found it a great read and I highly recommend it for those who have an interest in photography and photojournalism.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg on 5 Jun. 2014
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So let's balance out some of the 5-star reviews of this little book.
Firstly, I am a big fan of Cartier-Bresson and since seeing a recent exhibition of his work I wanted to learn more about him. Well, this is not a place to start. Given that I already have the books The Europeans and The Decisive Moment, his introductions to those books represent about half of this, and they are both a little dated and not particularly revealing about HCB.
The rest of the book - a handful of other introductions, tiny descriptions of other photographers and artists - only demonstrates that HCB was not a man of the pen and not very concerned with teaching anyone else his craft. The one short passage where the book comes alive describes his trips to China, quite a compelling section that gives some insight. But if you've read any reportage written by, say, your average Granta-published journalist, you will find the lack of historical detail and background and personal insight disappointing.
I would save a tenner on this book and put it towards one of his photo books, which remain the best way to learn about him and his work.
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