Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0500544303
ISBN-10: 0500544301
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“The glories of [Cartier-Bresson’s] long career are beautifully curated by Clément Chéroux in Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, with almost every image indelible, even the images he shot in private.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Substantial and inclusive. . . . the standard narrative of the photographer, in which he moves from early surrealist concerns into photojournalism, becomes instead a narrative of diverse influences and concerns, ideals resonating and evolving across images. . . . The comprehensiveness and quality of this latest monograph distinguishes it as a significant contribution.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Manages to somewhat reconfigure [Henri Cartier-Bresson's] life. Chéroux...demonstrates that social concern was a feature of Cartier-Bresson's work from the beginning and, by including a great many lesser-known, non-magazine pictures, shows that his modernist panache never went away.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“With rare and previously unpublished images. . . . The first retrospective since Cartier-Bresson’s death.” (PDN)

“Provides a broad view of Cartier-Bresson’s long career.” (ARTnews)

“It’s all here, in black-and-white and color—the photos of poverty, of scenes in various countries, the news photos of breaking incidents and so on.” (Women's Wear Daily)

“The main effort here seems to be to separate Cartier-Bresson from the legacy of The Decisive Moment with which he has been so closely associated. Yes, he did formulate that philosophy but he was many other things as well: surrealist, activist, war prisoner, fugitive, international wanderer, communist, filmmaker, Magnum founder, reporter… All of these facets and more are explored in the book.” (Photo-Eye)

“It’s hard to believe that Cartier-Bresson . . . still has work out there that is largely unseen. But printed in the 416 pages of this photographic compilation are familiar and unknown pieces, printed in color and in Cartier-Bresson’s signature black-and-white.” (Rangefinder)

“Includes many less familiar and previously unpublished photographs; rare color work; a sampling of drawings, paintings and collages; and numerous portraits of the notoriously camera-shy Frenchman. . . .The Cartier-Bresson that emerges from Chéroux’s text is a fuller and more accessible personality than has heretofore been revealed.” (Black & White)

“Phenomenal.” (The Arts by Karena)

“This excellent monograph includes more than 500 images in color and black and white, some iconic, some not, but all of interest.” (The Daily Beast)

About the Author

Clément Chéroux is a historian of photography and curator of the 2014 retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500544301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500544303
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.7 x 11.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #184,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful By lucas on June 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
The photographs in this book are of poor quality. They are too dark and grainy. It was a big disappointment.
I compared the photos in this book with the very same photos in other books, such as "The Europeans", where the quality of photos is far better. The photos of this "Here and Now" look as if they were scanned. It is really poor.

The book is "a monograph published to accompany France's first major retrospective since the photographer's death in 2004".
It traces the whole career of Cartier-Bresson but it does a poor job on that because Cartier-Bresson's life was made with photographs and the ones in this book are of rather poor quality that doesn't do justice to the original photos or the photos in other books. I don't think this book is worth ordering at all and I will be returning my copy.

If you are interested in Cartier Bresson's books then keep an eye on "Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment" which is, according to its publishers, an exact facsimile of the original "Images à la Sauvette-is" published in the 50s and one of the most important photography books ever. The book will be released by the end of october (US) for $93. The book will be released one month earlier in the UK. Don't let the price scare you. The average price of the original book on Abebooks is £1000...($1700)

You could also check the excellent "Photographe", the French edition of "Henri Cartier Bresson Photographer" . Have in mind that there is a short text in French. Everything else is image...
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Rich C on May 11, 2014
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I was assuming that this was just another Henri Cartier-Bresson photo book. I was wrong. The stories and history kept me focused more on the man and his photos through out any of his books like no other. If that makes any sense. It is a beautiful book. If you are a fan of Henri Cartier-Bresson this is a must. 2 thumbs up.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Allen on October 28, 2014
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The quality of the book and photos was a little disappointing.
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One of the best book purchases I have made in quite awhile.
In exquisitely printed photographs and words, Clement Cheroux has very convincingly presented Cartier-Bresson as one of the 20th century's greatest humanist/realist artist photographers, who believed in making a more just and peaceful world for the common man (and woman). Although it includes many of my favorite of Cartier-Bresson's great and well known pictures, this book also includes many I had never seen before.
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The book gives an interesting and inspiring view of the personal and professional history of HCB . It has an emphasis on his intellectual and creative thinking - not only his but also of his colleagues of the time. In this respect it is one of the most illuminating books on photography and art I have come across. The criticism concerns the print quality - we have seen much better tones - especially as the printing techinques have got so much better. I just wonder?
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By my criteria there is too much text and not enough photographs, although the book is very informative and nicely done.
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