“Calm Down what happens happens mostly without you": First Edition of Joseph Alber's Despite Straight Lines; Inscribed By Josef Albers to Henri Cartier-Bresson

  • Despite Straight Lines.
  • Despite Straight Lines.
  • Despite Straight Lines.

Despite Straight Lines.


Item Number: 3783

New Haven: Yale University Press, 1961.

First edition. Octavo, original boards. Inscribed by the author to Henri Cartier-Bresson, "For Henry Cartier-Bresson Josef Albers May 20, ‘68." Cartier-Bresson was working for Magnum Photographers when he photographed Josef Albers at his home in Connecticut in May of 1968. An outstanding association copy, linking Albers, one of the great abstract artists of the 20th century and Henri Cartier-Bresson, one of the finest photographers. Also, laid in is a card signed by Albers.

Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps the greatest photographer of the twentieth century, The Europeans, along with The Decisive Moment are his finest books. Henri Cartier-Bresson's amazing feat as a photographer is the ability to follow his heart and the keen vision of his mind and eye in each photograph. His subjects are only part of the image in the viewfinder, whose composition he sometimes arranges with geometric precision. Many of his best photographs also have startlingly broad political and sociological connotations, which gives the ordinary subjects extraordinary dignity, even grandeur.

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