“From his earliest photographs in Paris in the 1920s and Africa in the 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s capacity to conjure coherence and harmony out of a chaotic world appears effortless and innate—a deep-centered 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.” – Courtesy Thames & Hudson
When searching Cartier-Bresson books on Amazon, you get 66 pages of results. But what makes this new publication, “Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now,” so special is that it’s a career retrospective. The 416-page, hardcover book, written by photography historian Clément Chéroux, includes more than 500 photographs, with rare and previously unpublished images in both black-and-white and color. It’s the first retrospective since Cartier-Bresson’s death in 2004. It’s also interesting that an image of the man who coined the phrase, “The Decisive Moment,” graces the book’s cover, instead of one of his photographs.