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Images à la Sauvette

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CARTIER-BRESSON’S IMAGES À LA SAUVETTE (DECISIVE MOMENT), WITH COVER DESIGNS BY HENRI MATISSE

CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Images à la Sauvette [The Decisive Moment]. Paris: Éditions Verve (Tériades), (1952). Folio, original pictorial boards designed by Matisse.

First edition in French, published simultaneously with the English, featuring 126 photographs by “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers,” with cover designs by Matisse.

Images à la Sauvette (The Decisive Moment) is a monograph of Cartier-Bresson’s best work, but it has overriding unifying factors that elevate it into a great photobook. The first is the concept of the ‘decisive moment’ itself, which defines the elegance of Cartier-Bresson’s imagery… No one achieved it more often or better, but allied with it was Cartier-Bresson’s thoroughly clear-eyed view of the world-astute, non-sentimental, beautiful, profound… Images à la Sauvette is one of the greatest of all photobooks” (Parr & Badger I:208). “Cartier-Bresson ranks as one of the most important and influential photographers of this century” (Blodgett, 96), recognized as “the Raphael of 20th-century photographers” (Icons of Photography, 58). “The idea of ‘the decisive moment’ is one of the most enduring in photographic literature, and no one has articulated it better than its coiner, Henri Cartier-Bresson” (Roth, 134). Text in French. As issued without separate caption pamphlet (prepared for the English edition only). No dust jacket was issued with this French edition.

Images clean and bright, light soiling, edge-wear to original boards. An excellent, near-fine copy.