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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Photography, November 27, 2010
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Kim Rammelkamp "Kim C." (New Jersey United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (Hardcover)
I saw an exhibit of Cartier-Bresson's work a few months back at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC, but instead of purchasing the book at the museum, decided to order it from amazon.com. I got a brand new copy (wrapped) and saved approximately $15 (of what it would have cost me at the museum shop!) The book arrived very quickly. It is absolutely beautiful. The reproduction of these stunning photographs by this world-renowned photographer is incredibly well-done and it is a wonderful book to own and to share with anyone who appreciates good photography. Or just appreciates the moments in a lifetime, because this is what Cartier-Bresson captures...little moments, big moments but mostly moments when his subjects were not even aware they were being photographed. There are photos from all over the world and spanning many decades, some celebrities, but lots of ordinary men, women and children as well. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in photography and art. You will be mesmerized by his work.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great place to start, June 18, 2010
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Eric Crawford (California, USA) - See all my reviews
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Fist of all, see the exhibit at MOMA (NYC) if you can -- it closes June 28. This is a major retrospective arguably the most influential and formally perfect of all photographers, and this exhibit allows you to step through his life via the work.

Cartier-Bresson was a master this book provides a beautiful overview of both "greatest hits" and previously unpublished images. Many of the lesser-known images are revelations, such as the post-war dockside reunion pictured on the cover.

Print quality and binding are excellent, and the essay by Peter Galassi sets the life in the context of his painterly aspirations, Magnum colleagues, and working methods.

Highest recommendation!
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43 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid anthology --- and an inspiring one, April 18, 2010
This review is from: Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century (Hardcover)
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was to photography what the Impressionists were to painting. Those breakthrough artists grasped that the latest innovation in technology--pre-mixed paints, packaged in tubes--allowed them to go outside their studios and chronicle the life they found there. In much the same way, Cartier-Bresson rejected the heavy studio-based camera, covered the shiny lens of a lightweight Nikon with black tape so his subjects would be less inclined to notice him, and took to the streets.

What he invented there was, essentially, photojournalism.

He shot and shot and shot some more, looking for "the decisive moment" that revealed its subject and maybe much more. When he found it, he turned his film over to the lab--he had no interest in printing, less in cropping.

The show includes his revealing portraits of Sartre, de Beauvoir, Camus, Picasso, Colette, Matisse, Pound and Giacometti. But the decisive moment did not necessarily mean photographing Personages and Celebrities. In 1937, he was assigned to shoot the coronation of King George VI. He took not a single shot of the king. His subjects? The king's subjects, who filled the streets to cheer their new monarch.

Cartier-Bresson's photographs of civilians are body blows. Look at the picture on the cover of Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Modern Century--a mother-and-son reunion at the end of World War II. No one shot post-war conflict like Cartier-Bresson. Kids playing games amidst rubble. The denunciation of a woman accused of collaborating with the Germans. Mourners during the Algerian conflict.

For 30 years, Cartier-Bresson was everywhere. In Shanghai, during a run on the banks. In India, to take some of the last pictures of Gandhi--and, from close-up, his funeral pyre.

What especially dazzles is the clarity of his images. Women on a hilltop in Pakistan in 1949 hold their hands in prayer, their feet echoing the line of the distant mountains. A bicyclist makes a turn at the bottom of a curving staircase. A man slips over a puddle, his image reflected in the water.

Simple stuff. An eight-year-old can grasp the ideas and be excited by them. And adults can have their visual palettes refreshed, the better to see, as Cartier-Bresson did, "eternity in an instant."
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview for a Famous Photographer, October 10, 2010
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This book combines biographical information with photographs from the current traveling exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's work. The introductory material puts the photographer's life into perspective with his world travels as a photojournalist. The collection of photographs covers a wide range and they are reproduced with a reasonably good quality. The book contains a detailed chronology of his travels along with maps showing the various destinations. Perhaps the only weakness is the lack of information of what is being shown for many of the individual photographs, which can be enigmatic at times. I have not yet seen the exhibition yet but I find this to be an excellent book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Anthology of Cartier-Bresson's Work., November 1, 2011
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For those of you who couldn't make it to last year's exhibition at MOMA this is the next best thing. It is a solid anthology of one of the world's greatest photographers. Everyone that I've shown this book to are so compelled to flip through every single photograph.

Every aspiring photographer should own a copy, study the seemingly effortless framing and his incredible sense of timing. The two things that really create a compelling photograph instead endless discussion of exposure, noise, sharpness, and other useless crap.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love his work? Buy the book!, August 22, 2014
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If you're a fan of Cartier-Bresson's work but don't have many copies of his images to enjoy, this is a fantastic collection that contains a number of images I had not seen before. No shortage of written material about him and his life too - if you like that sort of thing. I just like to look at the pictures;-)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing collection, July 30, 2013
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djim reynolds (York, ME United States) - See all my reviews
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this book covers a wide range of HCB's life and work. amazing depth, beautiful reproductions and well laid out. created by the MOMA, you definitely will not be disappointed in the quality of this book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, May 28, 2013
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Just enough history and fantastic photos combined in one large coffee table book. Cartier-Bresson is one of the truly great artists of his time. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father of photojournalism, November 13, 2013
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I have admired Henri Cartier-Bressons for many years. This comprehensive book really sums up and cover his work. Really great book with greats pics and high quality print .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great inspiration, December 3, 2013
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Love looking at these classic photos…It is great to be reminded it is not about the equipment we use it is about what we see
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