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Henri Cartier-Bresson: Scrapbook Hardcover – March 9, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0500543337 ISBN-10: 050054333X Edition: First Edition

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; First Edition edition (March 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 050054333X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500543337
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.3 x 12.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Coinciding with a recent exhibition jointly curated by the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson and the International Center of Photography, this splendid selection of more than 300 images presents the iconic French photographer's famous 1930s–1940s scrapbook. Published in its entirety for the first time, it contains many of the pictures that cemented Cartier-Bresson's reputation as one of the 20th century's defining image makers. During World War II, the Museum of Modern Art arranged what its curators thought would be a posthumous exhibition of his work, following his capture by the Germans in 1940. Four years later, the museum discovered that Cartier-Bresson had escaped and survived in hiding. He gladly collaborated with MoMA and brought 300 prints in a scrapbook to New York. Now handsomely reprinted, the collection spans from 1932 to 1946, and includes vivid portraits of Matisse, Picasso, Bonnard and Giacometti, as well as street photography, assigned photo essays and reportage of France's tumultuous war years. Image after striking image reveals Cartier-Bresson's consistency in capturing poignant moments in perfectly composed frames. The scrapbook is notable both for the history and the personalities it records, and for Cartier-Bresson's miraculous ability to be at the right place at the right time. (Apr.)
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“Image after striking image reveals poignant moments in perfectly composed frames. The scrapbook is notable both for the history and the personalities it records, and for the right place at the right time.” (Publishers Weekly)

More About the Author

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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Markus E. Mangold on July 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have liked HCB for about six years. I first saw his picture where a man, caught in mid-air,jumps across a puddle. I still think that this is one of the best photographs ever made.
In the scrapbook, the reader gets to see the many different shots, that made up the bundle from which one image got selected to be published.
While quite a few of the images not selected have their own charm, the finally published image does usually stand. A great look behind the scene of HCB photos, but also a great visual retrospective of his life.
Excellent book with superbly printed photographs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Leigh O'Neil on January 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Imagine an artist's everyday life in Nazi-occupied Paris, where he was surrounded by violence and the constant threat of violence, where his creative genius (expressed through the lens of a 1932 Leica camera) would produce scrapbook pictures that were literally smuggled from his pocket into our 21st century hands.

You don't need to be deeply enamored of Henri Cartier-Bresson to be awakened by the stunning impact of this collection.

Regrettably, those who find the book a disappointment (because of photos that are much smaller than a full page) are missing the point.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armen Amyrkhanyan on October 17, 2007
Format: Hardcover
At first view it was very strange to see such tiny (9X12 cm) photos at large pages.Then you become to realize the author's plan to merge you into the world of HCB and you live his life reading this book as if with your pocket full of those small scrap pictures. Very recommended

Armen
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Atget on July 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
For a photographer, one of the few necessary books. HCB enacted a miracle in the 1930s w/his Leica, and here's the record of how this genius did it--a record that makes his accomplishment seem only that much more extraordinary. I think the printing of the book could have been a shade better, but that's mere grousing. If you want to understand late 20th-century photography, start here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristopher on October 11, 2009
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A very, very nice collection of HCB. It borders on coffee table and usable academic text but then I don't think the publisher ever intended this to be an academic representation. It is very well illustrated with some large and rare photographs. HCB had a large influence on me and I have loads of information. This book I thought of as more fluff when I purchased it. It has however turned out to be one of my main HCB sources.
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