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on 11 June 2017
As expected.
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on 17 February 2010
Book layout;
Chapter 1 - The Formative Years
Chapter 2 - Henri Cartier, Photographer
Chapter 3 - Henri Cartier-Bresson, The Great Reporter
Chapter 4 - The Aesthetics Behind The Work
Chapter 5 - HCB: Fame and Posterity
List of Illustrations
Photo Credits & Acknowledgements

After the books Chapters there are interviews with HCB, his views on photography, how he works, selected quotes, words from other photographers on HCB and so on.

Other users have complained about the size of the pictures in this book. I can only assume that they didn't check the Product Dimensions above which clearly show that this is far from being a coffee table sized book. This fact is also reflected in the price. Paper quality? Well the copy I possess is the 2008 Thames & Hudson edition that has glossy pages which do the job well.

I bought this book in order to get me quickly up to speed on a photographer who is widely acknowledged as being one of the worlds best. It achieves that goal and I feel that this is an excellent Cartier-Bresson primer. Once viewed and introduced to the work of HCB the reader can then decide whether or not to invest money in a larger, more expensive book.

Oh, and for the record, I think he really is a truly great photographer.
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Having subsequently ordered the much larger 'The Man, The Image & the World - a Retrospective', it was my original intention to keep one and return the other, not because I thought one may be poor and the other good but because I did not know either or their approach, content etc.

Regardless of physical size, this is quite small and definitely pocket-sized and the other a challenge to a briefcase, they take very different approaches to a similar subject. The retrospective is very comprehensive and includes as wide a variety of images as is likely to seen. This is more selective and there are rather fewer images, but few are common to both volumes. The larger contains some of his artworks, as does this, but also included here are miniaturised reprints from 'Life' and a variety of other images of various types, not necessarily of HCB's making, but of probable relevance.

It isn't about photography, but the photographer. There is more textual content in this volume than in the larger one and the whole may be viewed as a heavily illustrated biography rather than simply a book of photographs. I knew a little about HCB before purchasing this and had been familiar with a limited number of his images. Between the two, they provide a very complete picture of the man, his life and certainly his work.

There may be some who will criticise this because some of the images are little larger than a postage stamp, and had it not been for the very nature of the book, I could have been another. However, seen in context, the size of the images is not important - their inclusion simply broadens the reader experience.

An excellent little book and of a style that I would like to see used for other photographers, and perhaps generally.
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on 4 September 2009
small, badly printed (on what feels like magazine paper), awful selection of his photos (which are crammed so many to a page it's a waste of time.
There's a reason this book is so cheap!
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on 25 September 2010
A little gem of a book. Do not expect top notch reproductions - the book doesn't have the size for that, anyway. But for less than 10 euro's, it gives a very good impression of the work of Cartier Bresson (and of his day and his way of working, and even of some of his writing). As it easily fits in the pocket of a coat or jacket, it is a very pleasant travel companion. For me, it made a dull two hour train ride appear almost too short.
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on 11 December 2015
Compared to other photography books on Amazon, this is expensive. Therefore if money is tight and /or you want better value, look around. Edward Weston at £8.99 is such an example.
This book would make a decent and informative read on a journey perhaps or somewhere boring where you could take your mind off of the present. It's more about telling his life story of course, and because of his wealthy background where he was able to pick and choose his chosen career, he was provided with the golden key to the many opportunities and introductions that awaited him.

For now tho, I've bought and read it and will no doubt refer to it again but, you can do better elsewhere.
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on 5 September 2013
A little book packed with a lot of information. Henri's life story backed up with plenty of photographs. If you are a Henri Cartier-Bresson fan than you will like this book.
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on 17 June 2011
Simply beautiful book. Just pick it up chill out and enjoy the inspiring images and insight into a "photographic institutions" life...

An absolute bargain!!!
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on 6 May 2014
I thought this was a nice little book with good text and good reproductions considering the size and price of the book. I did notice the book's dimensions before buying - I think some reviewers expected something much larger.
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on 26 October 2015
Cute little book showing some of Cartier-Bresson's greatest photos and giving a good all round look at his life and works. This book does not give a detailed and comprehensive history but does give a decent overview.
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