Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson : Here and Now

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This lavishly illustrated monograph - published to accompany France's first major retrospective since the photographer's death in 2004 - traces Cartier-Bresson's development as a photographer, activist, journalist and artist. In addition to some of Cartier-Bresson's best-known photographs, included here are many seldom seen or unpublished images and some rarities in colour as well as black-and-white. From his earliest photographs in Paris in the 1920s and Africa in the 1930s, Cartier-Bresson's capacity to conjure coherence and harmony out of a chaotic world appears effortless and innate - a deep-centred attitude rather than a merely learned technique. His observations of the effects of poverty and revolution around the world led directly to his pioneering photojournalism and to his co-founding of Magnum Photos. He became renowned for his penetrating portraits of the most prominent figures of his time, becoming, in the words of his biographer Pierre Assouline, 'the eye of the century'.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 400 pages
  • 245 x 295 x 41.4mm | 2,640g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • With 500 illustrations in colour & black and white
  • 0500544301
  • 9780500544303
  • 117,217

Table of contents

Introduction * 1. Early Years * 2. An Attraction to the Surreal * 3. Activism * 4. Cinema and War * 5. Photojournalism * 6. Visual Sociology * 7. After Photography
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Review Text

Traces the development of the photographer from 1920s Paris and 1930s Africa to his work as an activist, journalist and artist. Coincides with a major retrospective at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Includes rare and unpublished work.
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'Magnificent ... a marvellous book in which you can literally lose yourself' - The Good Book Guide 'One of the most comprehensive studies of the man and his work ... informative and completely captivating.... this is not just a biography and exploration of the work of a profoundly great photographer but also a social history, a revelation of humanity through politics, war, work and play' - Black & White Photography 'Deeply informative' - British Journal of Photography 'A treasure trove of iconic imagery ... [the] twentieth century's finest photo album' - ProperMag.com 'A must for lovers of photography' - Mail on Sunday
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About Clement Cheroux

Clement Cheroux is senior curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He was formerly head curator of photography at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.
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