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Product Details

  • Series: Discoveries (Abrams)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810998262
  • ASIN: B002HRELCM
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,818,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Clément Chéroux is a photographic historian and curator of the photographic collection at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He has worked on many exhibitions as well publications on photography.

Customer Reviews

Could be a really nice way to revive the series.
N. Hyland
The book is paperback sized and filled with many of his greatest images.
Marco Antonio Abarca
Pictures in the book are very visual to me, and I loved all of them.
Tenzin L.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Marco Antonio Abarca VINE VOICE on June 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Many people consider Henri Cartier-Bresson to have been the greatest photographer of the Twentieth Century. I can think of no one who has produced so many iconic images. "Discoveries: Henri Cartier-Bresson" is an inexpensive introduction to his work. The book is paperback sized and filled with many of his greatest images. The book's biographical chapters follow Caertier-Bresson's life and career. This work is a great value and hopefully will open the door into the life and work of one of the Twentieth Century's greatest artists. Highly recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Tomlinson on July 24, 2013
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This book has photos. The thrust of this book (aside from the excellent biographical information) is to demonstrate HCB's composition. Many of the photos are split by the binding of the book. In his prime, HCB would have been livid. One of his pet peeves (as described in this book) was cropping of his photos by editors.

The compositions are completely ruined by the binding of the book.

The HCB foundation should sue the publisher. (they do that sort of thing).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hamid Moham on July 5, 2011
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This is a gem of a book. It's neat, concise & to the point. In fact it's inspired by the work of Cartier-Bresson himself. The small size & volume (only about 160 pages) may be misleading. But it follows the great man's life & work closely, weighing more to the technical side, & finishing by his brief writing & interview. Many photos produced are either by Cartier-bresson himself or on some relevant point of his life. They maybe small but the quality is very high. All in all exceptionally illuminating & inspiring. Very highly recommended, especially to photo fans of any kind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Hyland on June 28, 2011
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I've read books from this eclectic Discoveries series of small high quality (stitched signatures binding) paperbacks by Abrams publishing before. I really like the series as a quick way to get to know a subject.

This title on Cartier-Bresson fits right in as an enjoyable way to learn about the life and work of the photographer. It is not an in depth hard back autobiography. There is little speculation and is more a cut and dry look at his life but it still manages to fit a lot of history and information into a nice package. It makes a nice summer travel read for a photographer.

The price is terrific too. Be advised that the cover image shown here is not the one on the U.S. book. I think the image of Bresson shooting on a street is the French version. The English version has his famous man jumping puddle image on the cover.

Note to Abrams: This whole series would translate well to iPad. Not just porting it over (like a PDF), that would stink, but a fully interactive version of this series for the iPad. In the case of Cartier-Bresson, more of his photos and images that could be clicked on to view larger or to zoom in on a detail. Maybe a video interview of him. Video interviews with his contemporaries (via archives) and with current photographers about him. Maybe some clips from his movies. Etc. Could be a really nice way to revive the series.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edgardo Font Ulloa on December 8, 2009
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a very good and nice little bedside book about HCB. it contains many of his well known photos and a very interesting short bio.
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Just what I was looking for at a very nice cost.True as some have posted, this book does spread many photos across two pages, which I might prefer to have been printed sideways on a single page, but the publisher opted to print this way to increase the photos size and allow seeing more detail. I can live with that choice. Where the book shines, to me, is that is packed with many details about HCB, his life, how he came to photography, how his fame developed, and his approach to his art, with a fine cross section of his photos and photos of him. The photos are printed nice enough for for the cost. But, if you are looking for a big portfolio book of the HCB photos, this is not for you.
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By K J. on June 13, 2013
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I bought the book for the photos. What disappointed me was that a number of photos are cut by the center binding, thus the middle detail is lost to the eye. Still, there are plenty of photos to thrill and educate a reader re Cartier-Bresson's art.

What was a delight, was the text. I did not at all expect to find the copy so fascinating and full of detail. I will enjoy rereading this book for the balance in art and information.

Note: It is a smaller book, and it was my responsibility to check size, which I did not...the size is likely why photos are at times featured in this way, in the hopes to share more with the viewer.
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this is a grand introduction to the life and work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. it's small size allows it to be carried around anywhere to be read and the illustrations/photos are amazing. many little details about the photographer's methods and philosophies. this is a well thought out primer that every person interested in the history of photography and of street or journalistic photography should have on their shelf.
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