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* Henri CARTIER-BRESSON "The Decisive Moment" 1952 Photobook


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Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, photographer. "The Decisive Moment." Henri CARTIER-BRESSON, Richard SIMON, text. Henri MATISSE, cover illustration. New York: Simon & Schuster in collaboration with Editions Verve, Paris, 1952, 1st Edition, HB, dj, 37 cm x 28 cm, 158 pp, 126 single- and double-page b/w gravure photos, laid-in 12-page captions booklet.

"Strictly speaking, The Decisive Moment is a monograph of Cartier-Bresson's best work, but it has overriding unifying factors that elevate it into a great photobook. The first is the concept of the 'decisive moment' itself, which defines the elegance of Cartier-Bresson's imagery: the instant when all the elements in the picture-frame come together to make the perfect image - not the peak of action necessarily, but the formal peak... No one achieved it more often or better, but allied with it was Cartier-Bresson's thoroughly clear-eyed view of the world - astute, non-sentimental, beautiful, profound. Crucially, for all their formal grace, his pictures are distinguished by his humanist view of life. The Decisive Moment is one of the greatest of all photobooks."--Parr & Badger, The Photobook: A History, Vol. 1, p. 208-9.

Condition: Good, clean interior, jacket has some losses at the edges and areas of toning, binding/spine of book has some losses at the outer top and bottom but structurally stable.

Shipping costs: International EMS (express mail service) delivery estimated within 2-4 days - $47.00 (USA), $54.00 (Europe). Shipping weight: approx. 2250g.