Henri Cartier-Bresson: Paris

Author(s): Ann de Mondenard (Text by); Agnes Sire (Text by)

photography monographs

Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was "the eye of the 20th century" and one of the world's most acclaimed photographers. Paris was his home, on and off, for most of his life and the photographs he took of the city and its people are some of his most recognizable and beloved images.In this volume are 160 photographs taken from a career lasting more than fifty years. Mostly in black and white, this selection reveals the strong influence of pioneering documentary photographer Eugene Atget (1857-1927) on Cartier-Bresson, and the clear visual links with surrealism that infused his early pictures. After an apprenticeship with cubist painter Andr Lhote in 1932, Cartier-Bresson bought his first Leica, a small portable camera that allowed him to capture the movement and rhythms of daily life in Paris. Camera in hand, Cartier-Bresson observed the Liberation from the Nazis in August 1944 from close quarters and the civil disturbances of May 1968. For decades he also thrived in capturing native Parisians going about their lives in the city, as well as photographing celebrated artists, writers, politicians, and anonymous citizens.This collection is not only a superb portrait of Paris in the twentieth century, but a testament to Cartier-Bresson's skill as a supreme observer of human life.


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General Fields

  • : 9780500545423
  • : Thames & Hudson
  • : Thames & Hudson
  • : February 2021
  • : May 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Ann de Mondenard (Text by); Agnes Sire (Text by)
  • : Hardback
  • : 224