FIRST EDITION OF HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON THE EUROPEANS; INSCRIBED BY HIM
Item Number: 5770
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition in English of Cartier-Bresson’s famous photobook, “capturing the essence of what has not previously been seen,” with 114 large photogravures (many double-page) and bright cover designed by Joan Miró. Folio, original illustrated boards. An excellent near fine copy in a very good price-clipped acetate dust jacket. Inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “a Jean Simon tres cordialement Henri Cartier-Bresson.” With the captions booklet laid in.
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. Europeans is filled with these images, which are often visually complex as well.