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on 10 January 2010
The authors writing style makes this book very hard to read. Would have been much better if Author wrote in a readable straight forward English style and not pretentious sentences.
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on 4 December 2014
I am now on page 84. What a plod! Henri Cartier-Bresson was my favorite photographer when I was at school. Now at age 69 (me that is) he is still my favorite photographer. When I got to page 61 it talks about the photograph that most influenced the young Cart. but wheres the bloody photo. In the end I had to look it up on the internet. On page 62 we read that the 6 by 6 plate camera is a state of mind. What rubbish, and its not a plate camera, its a roll film camera. This sort of ill informed badly written tripe goes on and on. And by the way the photographs in the book are not up to much. Oh yes and not one of Carts photographs even when they are mentioned in the text. I wish I could have given it zero stars. I am at the end of the book...its terrible!
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on 3 January 2013
A very good read indeed. You get inside his head and find out how he think and it great how he thinks, and his storys are amazion his life is brilliant and a nice person who speaks his mind.
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on 11 March 2010
Every "snapper" should read this book. This man is one of the great masters of modern photography. Think Leica...think H.C.B.
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on 13 April 2015
RECOMMENDED!!
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on 29 December 2005
Admirers of HCB can be disapointed. Reading that great photographer (not artis as his own words), was disapointed with actual (1966) doing photography and specially edit, print and publish photography in a vision he mastered. So that is why he stopped doing it professionally. Sad reading because nothing changed in a print media in the last 40 years, things went much worse and worse. There are editors, journalists who should educate readers through their choise. Photographers led the way and they still should do that. Owners of newspapers and magazines should not worried about theirs profit.
They should stop filling readers heads with glamour which does not exist. It is just put the real problems away. Real problem of recent journalism is communication. That was photography of HCB about. To communicate. Moving, because journalism must and will change.
J.
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