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Henri Cartier-Bresson By Pierre Assouline

Henri Cartier-Bresson by Pierre Assouline

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Summary

The 20th century was that of the image, and the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, born in 1908, was the eye of the century. He focused on the fascination of Africa in the 1920s, the tragic fate of the Spanish Republicans, the Liberation of Paris, the weariness of Gandhi a few hours before his assassination, and more.

Henri Cartier-Bresson Summary

Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Biography by Pierre Assouline

The 20th century was that of the image, and the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, born in 1908, was the eye of the century. He focused on the fascination of Africa in the 1920s, the tragic fate of the Spanish Republicans, the Liberation of Paris, the weariness of Gandhi a few hours before his assassination, the victory of the Chinese communists, and much more besides. Cartier-Bresson was always on the spot, the great opportunist, seizing life's historic events as they happened. An intensely private individual, Cartier-Bresson nonetheless took Pierre Assouline into his confidence over a number of years, discussing such subjects as his youthful devotion to surrealism, his lifelong passion for drawing, his experience of war and the prison camps, his friends and the women in his life. He even opened up his invaluable archives. This sensitive biography is the result of the meeting of two minds, revealed in much the same way and with the same truth as one of Cartier-Bresson's outstanding, inimitable photographs.

Henri Cartier-Bresson Reviews

'There is no better book to help readers to understand his motivation and fascination for documenting the world, individuals and historic individuals on film' - The Times
'Cartier-Bresson's life sweeps by with a vitality that wouldn't be out of place in one of his photographs' - Royal Photographic Society Journal

About Pierre Assouline

Pierre Assouline has published several biographies of cultural figures, among them Georges Simenon and Herge. He is also editor-in-chief of Lire Magazine in Paris.

Table of Contents

Introduction * 1. Family Threads: 1908-27 * 2. The Decisive Moments 1927-31 * 3. The Artist in Search of His Medium 1932-35 * 4. The End of the Old World 1936-39 * 5. Nationality: Escapee 1939-46 * 6. From New York to New Delhi 1946-50 * 7. The World is His Studio 1950-70 * 8. Towards Another Life 1970-2004

Additional information

NGR9780500290521
9780500290521
0500290520
Henri Cartier-Bresson: A Biography by Pierre Assouline
New
Paperback
Thames & Hudson Ltd
2012-08-28
280
N/A
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