“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart": First Edition of Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Face of Asia; Signed by Him

  • The Face of Asia.

The Face of Asia.


Item Number: 5642

New York: The Viking Press, 1972.

First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by the photographer on the half title page, “Tres cordialement Henri Cartier-Bresson.” Fine in near fine dust jacket.

In more than 40 years as a photographer, Henri Cartier-Bresson wandered continually around the world. But there was nothing compulsive about his travels, and he explicitly expressed a desire to move slowly, to “live on proper terms” in each country, to take his time, so that he became totally immersed in the environment. His Leica—his notebook, as he called it—accompanied him wherever he went, and, consistent with his training as a painter, he always carried a small sketch pad. There was for Cartier-Bresson a kind of social implication in the camera. To his mind, photography provided a means, in an increasingly synthetic epoch, for preserving the real and humane world.

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