The Decisive Moment. Photographs and text by Henri Cartier-Bresson. Afterword by Richard Simon. Simon & Schuster, New York, in collaboration with Editions Verve, Paris, 1952. 158 pp. First edition. Small folio (14.75 x 11 in./37 x 28 cm.) Hardbound with decorated paper jacket and laid in 12 pp. caption booklet. Cover/jacket illustration by Henri Matisse. 126 black-and-white gravure reproductions.
One of the essentials for any photobook library! Contains images chosen from the whole of Cartier-Bresson's career prior to the 1950s. As Martin Parr and Gerry Badger write in The Photobook: A History, vol. I, this renowned volume is more than a monograph; "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: the instant when all the elements in the picture-frame come together to make the perfect image--not the peak of action necessarily, but the formal peak....The Decisive Moment is one of the greatest of all photobooks.
Near Fine in Near Fine- dust jacket; boards slightly splayed and moderately worn at extremities, with scattered foxing