“THE RAPHAEL OF 20TH-CENTURY PHOTOGRAPHERS”: ASSOCIATION COPY OF CARTIER-BRESSON’S PHOTOGRAPHS
CARTIER-BRESSON, Henri. Photographs. New York: Grossman, 1963. Small quarto, original blue cloth, original photographic dust jacket. $1200.
First edition of this memorable Cartier-Bresson monograph, with 47 finely screened photogravure plates representing striking images from three decades, this association copy signed by photographer Margery Lewis Smith, longtime partner of W. Eugene Smith, the renowned photojournalist who in 1958 was named one of “the world’s ten greatest photographers,” together with Cartier-Bresson and others.
“Regarded by the French as a national treasure, mentioned as a touchstone in almost every article in the popular photographic press, emulated by legions of photographers, Cartier-Bresson has delighted and informed millions with his photographs” (Claude Cookman). “He has a special interest in photographing people and in capturing the essence of what has not previously been seen. He is famous for his theory of the ‘decisive moment’-that is seizing the split second when the subject stands revealed in its most significant aspect… Today he ranks as one of the most important and influential photographers of this century” (Blodgett, 96). This wonderful retrospective selection of his work reflects his continual “search for the harmony and balance manifested in all events; he photographed to find the ‘transcendent’ order that links all cultures, all nations, and all historical moments” (Roth, 20). With essays by Lincoln Kirstein and Beaumont Newhall. Signed by Margery Lewis Smith, a photographer featured in Steichen’s 1955 Family of Man exhibit and the longtime partner of famed photographer W. Eugene Smith. In 1958 Eugene Smith was named one of “the world’s ten greatest photographers”—together with Cartier-Bresson, Avedon, Ansel Adams and others.
Plates fine, light occasional underlining to text; one bit of tape reinforcement to bright original dust jacket. A near-fine association copy.