The Decisive Moment: Photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson by Henri Cartier-BressonTo say that its incredible that this book got printed again would be an understatement. Steidl, as with all the books that they print, did an amazing job with Cartier-Bressons The Decisive Moment. I ordered the book from Germany a few months ago, just after it was reprinted, and it arrived in California in just 3 days, without me specifying some expedite shipping.
I went through the photographs over and over again and I couldnt be more grateful for the addition of the booklet by Clement Cheroux who explains in detail how The Decisive Moment was created. The first half of the book has photographs from Europe and North America, while the second half deals with the Orient. Its also, partially, a split by before Magnum and after Magnum. The most famous of Cartier-Bressons photographs are in the first half, and, in my opinion, theyre also the most technical and focused on geometry of his work. The photographs on the Orient seem more busy and chaotic, which Im sure is because of the feel of the place itself.
The text at the beginning of the book is written by Cartier-Bresson himself. Its interesting and exciting that he chose to write his own introduction when most photographers had their introduction written by famous writers of the time (Jean-Paul Sartre for example had been considered as a potential writer for the introduction to The Decisive Moment, similar to how Jack Kerouac wrote one for Robert Franks The Americans) For an amateur photographer, it was surely inspiring to read what Cartier-Bresson had to say about photography, even after watching probably dozens of tiny films or documentaries with or about him.
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Source: Cartier-Bresson, Henri. The Minds Eye: Writings on photography and photographers. New York: Aperture, THE PICTURE-STORY its essential to avoid shooting like a machine-gunner and burdening yourself with useless recordings which clutter your memory and spoil I prowled the streets all day, feeling very strung-up and ready to pounce, the exactness of the reportage as a whole. Above all, I craved to seize, in the confines of one single photograph, the whole es- Memory is very important, particularly in respect to the recollection of sence of some situation that was in the process of unrolling itself before every picture youve taken while youve been galloping at the speed of my eyes.
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The book and its images have since influenced generations of photographers. Its English title has defined the notion of the famous formal peak in which all elements in the photographic frame accumulate to form the perfect image.