New York: Simon and Schuster in Collaboration with Editions VERVE of Paris, 1952, July. Hardbound. Paper covered and original design boards, original design by Matiise, also on the paper dustjacket. 126 bw photographs, no pagination. Good, some loss to the spine paper and splitting of the outer paper connecting the front and rear covers to the spine paper (but covers are still firmly held to the book). Text block tight, contents clean. Typical for this book. Item #197821
Includes laid in pamphlet with captions. A much better than average copy of the book, with a worn dustjacket that would benefit from a mylar protector. Pictures on request, a very nice copy. "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 Photobook : A History Volume I / Martin Parr and Gerry Badger. London : Phaidon, 2004. Contents as follows: Foreword / by Cartier-Bresson -- At beginning of book: Photographs of the Occident, nos. 1 thru 63 -- Captions for Occidental section -- In middle of book: Photographs of the Orient, nos. 64 thru 126 -- Captions for Oriental section -- A technical report to photographers / by Richard L. Simon.
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