ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL
“To me, photography is the
simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance
of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms which give
that event its proper expression."
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of Cartier-Bresson's most famous and important
book. Illustrated with 126 full or double-page heliogravures of
Cartier-Bresson's photographs. With
dust jacket and boards specially designed by Henri Matisse for this
The Decisive Moment "contains
what is probably Cartier-Bresson's most comprehensive and important
statement on the meaning, technique, and utility of photography. The
title refers to a central idea in his work—the decisive moment—the
elusive instant when, with brilliant clarity, the appearance of the
subject reveals in its essence the significance of the event of which it
is a part, the most telling organization of forms" (Britannica).
New York: Simon & Schuster,
1952. Folio (14.25 x 10.5 inches), original boards, original dust
With original booklet of captions
(often missing) laid-in. Book fine, dust jacket price-clipped, with very
light edgewear (including a few tiny repaired closed tears at spine
ends). An outstanding copy of a book that is difficult to find in
collectible condition. $5000.